May 292018
 
Conyer Creek and Oare Marshes

After the thunder storms of Saturday night it was a relief to wake up to much brighter weather on Sunday morning.   Ten members of the group arrived with eager anticipation of migrants with nightingale and turtle dove high on the list.   The site of Conyer is an old brick works and I was […]

Aug 142016
 
Great day at Oare Marshes

Several suggestions were made for the title of this trip report, including ‘Feeding Frenzy’ – but I don’t think you want to read about our picnic lunches!   Perhaps more appropriate is a round-up of a wonderful day out at Oare, enjoying a wide variety of wildlife and attended by over 20 members of the group. […]

May 102016
 
Dawn chorus report

It is never easy to leave a comfortable bed at 4 o’clock in the morning to go on a dawn chorus walk, but myself and nine others stealed ourselves and were rewarded with a memorable start to the day.  This year’s dawn chorus took place 3 weeks later in the season than that from last […]

Feb 182016
 
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

A large group met in the car park at Cliffe on Sunday morning.   Amazing, given the weather forecast the day before which was for rain all day.   It could not have been different; although cold, we had a bright day with sunshine and when we could get out of the wind it was […]

Apr 242015
 
Nightingales and cuckoo in dawn chorus

Our dawn chorus walk this year started from the Cliffe village car park one hour before sunrise and it was dark, very dark. Ten hardy souls had set alarm clocks early and as we walked out of the village and onto a dim Pickles Way the usual pre-dawn suspects were already singing: blackbird, wren and […]

Jan 062015
 

Our first outing of 2015 was a rather foggy affair, but that did not deter 21 people who gathered at Leysdown.   As it was coming up to a high tide we decided to move down to the car park at Shellness and wander towards the high tide roost.   That was not before we […]

Sep 242014
 
Conyer Creek & Oare Marshes

A lovely day out, even though it rained a little this morning.   At Conyer we saw many swallow gathering on telegraph wires ready to migrate.   Hundreds of house martin were feeding up high above us, chattering away to each other (presumably keeping in contact in their family groups).   Surprisingly, we also found […]

Jul 072014
 
Oare

The old favourite strikes again. Today we realised that all the media speculation about autumn being on its way was probably right, as huge numbers of black-tailed godwit were already gathering in post-breeding flocks.  Many juvenile birds were found including pied wagtail, shelduck, lapwing, coot (over 100), reed bunting, little grebe, starling, mute swan, greylag […]