Feb 182017

Over the last few weeks I have received reports from group members of the different birds to be seen from Gravesend Promenade and the park. Sally and I have not been able to get there for several weeks but we finally made it yesterday. One avocet, 30+ redshanks, 8 black-tailed godwits, 10+ teal and one cormorant. Plus all of the regulars – 36 mute swan, 4 mallard, herring gulls, common gulls and my favourites , black-headed gulls. One little grebe was on the lake along with 9+moorhens. We missed seeing the turnstones, the kingfisher and the reported bar-tailed godwit!


I am sure that they would have turned up eventually but I was forced to go shopping! Have a look yourself. Get the tide right and take binoculars for the waders.

Thanks to those who have reported their sightings and to Sally for the photograph.


 Posted by on 18 February 2017 at 5:57 pm

  3 Responses to “Birds from Gravesend Promenade”

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  1. Pretty impressive list of birds.
    I can remember a few years ago seeing a bat skimming the Thames there!

  2. Wot no Turnstones!

    The best time seems to be at High Tide; on the 13th Feb. there were 13 feeding on the Promenade path.

    Last year (2016) on the 13th Nov. there were 7 Turnstones on the slipway, one of which was chasing a Grey Wagtail.

    Perhaps Turnstones just don’t like Wagtails!!


  3. Jeff tells me that he has now seen raven over Woodlands Park. I saw one over Chalk in January. Keep your eyes open and especially listen for the loud “honk” (by which I mean the raven’s call!)