Dec 232012
Pre-Christmas Bird Watching

My pre-Xmas bird watching this year has been spent in Essex, Kent and Wales! An eclectic mix I am sure you will agree. Tuesday was spent at Wicken Fen with Ken on the hunt for Hen Harrier coming into roost. Although the day was rather grey, and the ground wet, we did manage to see […]

 Posted by on 23 December 2012 at 11:19 am
Dec 182012

I have received the attached Christmas message from Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB. His thanks to volunteers includes not only the committee but those of you who have throughout the year helped in various ways to spread the RSPB’s message and Step up for Nature. And as members of the Gravesend Group you […]

 Posted by on 18 December 2012 at 9:24 pm
Dec 172012
Three new species . . .

Last Wednesday I added three new species to my year list, and one of them a new bird for me (which after 30-odd years of birdwatching is no mean feat – although it might just say something about the standard of my talents!) With a hard frost the landscape was beautiful with bright sunshine glistening […]

Dec 172012
Waxwings at Pegwell Bay

We had a trip to Pegwell Bay today, from where there had been reports of up to 500 Waxwings during the week. We managed to find some quite easily – we counted about 30-40 this morning which were moving around the trees and bushes in search of hawthorn berries. There were also large numbers of […]

 Posted by on 17 December 2012 at 11:37 am
Dec 172012
North Norfolk in November

We had another great week in North Norfolk in late October/early November. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time as some rarities, notably Little Bunting, Barred Warbler, Yellow Browed Warbler, Little Auk and White Rumped Sandpiper, all of which we managed to get great views of! We had heard that there […]

 Posted by on 17 December 2012 at 11:24 am
Dec 092012
Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry KWT Reserve

Having just returned from rather warmer climes, the chill of Sunday morning was a bit of a shock.   However, when we gathered at Stodmarsh car park in the sunshine we all felt a little brighter and anticipated a good day’s birdwatching with Ian and Sue at the helm.   Waxwings had been reported in […]

Dec 082012

Following the recent attack on our website, Paul and I have written an article for the upcoming newsletter about using longer and stronger passwords. I’ve put the unedited version online so you can read and digest at your leisure. You’ll find it on our “how to…” page. enjoy! Alan E

 Posted by on 8 December 2012 at 9:48 pm
Dec 022012
Small birds in Ashenbank Wood

Ashenbank Wood is often worth a visit at this time of year to see parties of small birds feeding in the tree tops. The wood is managed by the Woodland Trust and has an nice mix of deciduous trees. Our walk started at Shorne Country Park. Just by the visitor centre we spotted a Turkey […]

 Posted by on 2 December 2012 at 4:12 pm