May 302014
Grey Wagtails

This Wednesday Malcolm had the bright idea to travel the byways of Kent in search of Grey Wagtail territories.   As the driver of a car only washed the day before I was delighted to ramble down narrow country lanes with potholes in abundance – Malcolm helpfully requesting that I avoid them of course!   […]

May 292014
Birding on the Darent

This Wednesday we decided to explore the River Darent and in particular to search for grey wagtails. Last year we found 2 breeding pairs and this year we went one better. Much of the river is inaccessible so it is possible that there are more pairs breeding. Its good to know that this really wonderful […]

 Posted by on 29 May 2014 at 11:14 pm
May 292014
House Sparrows in the Garden

For several years now Sally and I have been trying to encourage house sparrows to nest in our garden. We now have 7 house sparrow nest boxes on the front of our house and 3 more in trees in the back garden. As well as winter feeding we also provide supplementary feeding in the nesting […]

 Posted by on 29 May 2014 at 10:34 pm
May 202014
Family activity - scavenger hunt

After the dawn chorus on 17 May, the Gravesend RSPB group ran a family oriented ‘scavenger’ hunt activity at Northward Hill.  Julie Peeling, our very own education field officer, was in her element and, together with her husband Chris (aka “the Sherpa” and chief plaster of Paris maker), the children (and adults) explored the environs around […]

May 202014
Dawn chorus report

Our dawn chorus this year was an hour earlier than before starting at 5am from Northward Hill RSPB reserve.  The day started surprisingly chilly and from the viewpoint we had a lovely view of a hazy mist rising up over the scrapes. Starting from the car park and the bird feeders we heard wren, robin,chaffinch, greenfinch and […]

May 152014
Four foray to France

So, if you were going out bird watching and left Gravesend at 6.:30 am to catch a train, where would you be going?   Bearing in mind Sally had to get Malcolm out of bed, fed and dressed by then it would have to be special . . . . . . . . . […]

May 082014
I got the job!

This evening at our AGM, I was voted in as the new Group Leader, having been approved as a candidate last week by South East regional office. It is a humbling thought that I am following in the footsteps of previous group leaders who have done so much to make this group the success that […]

May 082014
Shorne and Cliffe

Today Irene and I had a short wander around Shorne Country Park.   I hadn’t been there for a very long time but with wet and windy weather forecast it seemed like a good option.   The trees did keep us sheltered from the worst of the wet and windy squalls.    There was bird […]

 Posted by on 8 May 2014 at 4:45 pm