Malcolm

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Mar 232019
 
Group Trip to Blean Woods RSPB Reserve

A select group of 10 keen and optimistic bird watchers set off on this sunny morning to explore the RSPB reserve in Blean Woods.  Being Sunday, bird watchers were outnumbered by dog-walkers and runners, who were also enjoying a day free of the gale force winds that had been with us for the previous week. […]

 Posted by on 23 March 2019 at 5:19 pm
Mar 072019
 
Elmley Again - In Praise of Corn Buntings

As Norman and Sandra commented in their trip report for Elmley, one of the highlights of the trip was seeing and hearing two male corn buntings. During the day we saw five marsh harriers flying together, over 3 thousand wigeon, lapwing and redshank display flights, and avocets prospecting for a nest site. Not bad eh? […]

 Posted by on 7 March 2019 at 11:01 pm
Mar 072019
 
Group Trip to Elmley NNR

A slow drive along the two mile entrance track to the Elmley National Nature Reserve car park showed the water levels had been raised since our last visit benefiting the many waders, with lots of lapwing and redshank close to the track. We had good views of some of the many hares on the reserve.  […]

 Posted by on 7 March 2019 at 4:10 pm
Feb 212019
 
Group Trip to Dungeness

Twenty of us met at the Old Lighthouse at Dungeness on a sunny, crisp and clear day. On our way to the beach starling and magpie were spotted but it was otherwise quiet. We stopped at the first bird hide and from there we had good views of gannets and juvenile kittiwakes plus lots of […]

 Posted by on 21 February 2019 at 3:48 pm
Feb 042019
 
Group Trip to Rainham RSPB Reserve

While the rest of the country struggled with snowy weather, Rainham Marshes was bathed in sunshine with white fluffy clouds set in a sky of blue. Despite a cold north wind and a little snow here and there, our visit was well worth it. It was a lovely day for fresh air, exercise and almost […]

 Posted by on 4 February 2019 at 1:03 pm
Jan 212019
 
Group Visit to Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

On a cold, frosty morning 14 group members met up to see what was about. The sun shone brightly throughout our visit which contrasted with the dull weather we have been having recently and meant that the birds were very active and showed well.  The reserve consists mainly of a series of flooded areas where […]

 Posted by on 21 January 2019 at 6:22 pm
Jan 072019
 
Group Trip to Shellness on Sheppey

It might not have seemed a particularly bright start to the New Year when 18 members of the group met at the sea wall in Leysdown, but little did we know what delights were in store. The tide was rising fast. It was to be high by midday, so if we wanted to catch the […]

 Posted by on 7 January 2019 at 9:27 pm
Dec 022018
 
Black-headed Gulls on Gravesend Promenade

If you go down to the Prom today – you will see black-headed gulls. But have you ever wondered where they come from? Where do they breed? In North Kent we have several very large breeding colonies of black-headed gulls. The nearest, I think, is the c1000 (?) breeding pairs at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. […]

 Posted by on 2 December 2018 at 10:52 pm