Malcolm

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Feb 012020
 
Roosting Treecreepers

Did you watch Winterwatch 2020? What was your highlight of the series? Well for me it was undoubtedly the film of the roosting treecreeper. If you missed it, the film showed a treecreeper coming to roost in a depression in the soft bark of a Giant Sequoia tree. It was also filmed waking up and […]

 Posted by on 1 February 2020 at 9:57 pm
Jan 282020
 
Group Trip to Elmley

Our second outdoor meeting of the year was to Elmley Nature Reserve on Sheppey, a family run farm with marshland and nature trails. Once having passed through the gate there is a two mile drive to reach the car park. However, this drive in is part of your wildlife watching experience as there can be […]

 Posted by on 28 January 2020 at 11:27 am
Dec 282019
 
Grey Wagtails, The River Darent and Rochester Cathedral

In previous years some of us have made a one day “survey” of grey wagtails along the river Darent. We have shown that at least 5-6 pairs breed successfully between Farningham and Otford. This year we were rather unsuccessful, we found the birds at only two sites and saw only one fledgling. However, as with […]

 Posted by on 28 December 2019 at 3:03 pm
Dec 062019
 
Playing Black-headed Gull Bingo

I have never played bingo but this blog post is about Black-headed gulls on Gravesend promenade. If you have had enough of all of that then look away now! But it is interesting. And all these numbers and letters have got me confused. Sally and I went back to Gravesend promenade. I wanted to say […]

 Posted by on 6 December 2019 at 2:51 pm
Nov 302019
 
Bird Notes from Gravesend

One of the benefits of being in a RSPB local group is to meet like minded people and find out what birds and wildlife they are seeing. Recently, Steve B. emailed me to let me know that he had seen a coal tit in his Gravesend garden. So what’s special about that? Well Steve thought […]

 Posted by on 30 November 2019 at 10:59 pm
Nov 252019
 
Group Trip to Oare Marshes KWT Reserve

On a cloudy, dull November morning, 18 of us met in the very wet and muddy car park at Oare Marshes Wildlife Reserve.  Oare Marshes consist of 176 acres and is owned and managed by Kent Wildlife Trust. It was almost high tide and the mud flats on the Swale were covered so we decided […]

 Posted by on 25 November 2019 at 10:44 pm
Nov 192019
 
Black-headed Gull 2L RR

Today Sally and I made a short birdwatching trip to Gravesend Promenade. The first birds to grab our attention were a pair of common gulls parading in unison, with dropped wings, across the mud – all the while giving a very loud raucous call (the birds, not us). This must be some kind of display […]

 Posted by on 19 November 2019 at 9:24 pm
Nov 142019
 
Group Trip to Dungeness

On a very bright and clear Saturday morning 14 of us met at the Old Lighthouse. Instead of our usual trip straight to the beach, we took a slight detour on the path round the Lighthouse as there had been a report of firecrest and goldcrest being seen in the bushes. Unfortunately, it was not […]

 Posted by on 14 November 2019 at 9:46 pm