Jan 262013
 
A Winter Birdwatching Week

The recent cold weather and snow has meant that my teaching jobs at Rainham this week, have been postponed.   After all, trying to convince students that the ‘outside’ is wonderful, when you’re a step away from hypothermia yourself, can be an uphill task!   So most of this week, it’s been homework and housework […]

Jan 232013
 
Rainbows

Probably not quite what you would expect to read here, but these Rainbows were children – the pre-Brownies group – aged between 5-7.   We had met one of their supporters at one of our Garden Centre events last year so popped along to talk to them about birds in general and the Big Garden […]

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Jan 182013
 
More Mist in Medway!

As the weather forecast was cold, grey and rather misty, we decided that a local trip with the option of a warming cafe were the order of the day for our weekly wander. We started off at the Motney (eastern) end of Riverside Country Park. The tide was at its lowest but there were still […]

 Posted by on 18 January 2013 at 11:18 pm
Jan 132013
 
Sevenoaks in the mist and rain

My Wednesday walk this week was to Sevenoaks KWT reserve.   We started off in our usual direction, along the side of the largest lake, taking in the hides along the way.   The first thing we all noticed was that Great Tit were singing – I had heard one the day before, and realised […]

Jan 122013
 
The 200 bird challenge

200 birds in 1 year! Could I do it? I had never even been close before. A good start to the year gave me 100 birds before the end of January. This entailed going out once or twice a week, so not in twitch mode yet! A highlight of January was seeing lesser spotted woodpecker, […]

 Posted by on 12 January 2013 at 10:11 pm
Jan 082013
 
Waxwings in Kent

Waxwings are infrequent visitors to the UK as they only come here when food is scarce in Scandinavia. They are handsome birds and you should consider yourself very lucky if you get to see them. I was lucky at the end of December 2012 when I joined friends ‘twitching’ a Tesco car park where waxwings had […]

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Jan 072013
 
Shellness and Capel Fleet

The first group outing of the New Year was to Shellness and Capel Fleet.  Twenty-one of us met Jeff near Leysdown as the tide fell exposing large expanses of mud.    Distant waders were identified through the misty morning light, and we soon had a list with Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Knot, […]