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 […]

Jun 182014
 
Minsmere Part II

Minsmere always gives us a great day out and this year’s trip was no different.   A lovely sunny day, and with the added excitement generated by the recent Springwatch programmes, we were all keen to catch up with the avian and mammal stars of the show. We arrived in great time (thanks to our […]

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 . . . . . . . . . […]

Apr 102014
 
Elmley National Nature Reserve - 6th April

Last Sunday John and Pauline led a lovely walk around this excellent reserve which is now run by the Elmley Conservation Trust.   Here is their report: Driving down to the car park, there is still a lot of surface water providing nesting and feeding opportunities, a coot on a nest being one.    Many […]

Feb 112014
 
Bird Watching in Essex

Last week was rather different in that I went to Essex to see friends and do some bird watching.   We decided on Fingringhoe Wick.   Although the weather has been pretty ropey recently, we actually had a good day with sunshine and only one short shower of rain. There were spectacular numbers of curlew, […]

Jan 312014
 
An old favourite

It was cold, wet, grey and we got stuck in traffic on the M2, but we had a great day at Oare on Wednesday.   Although it was throwing it down with rain when we left Gravesend, by the time we got to the Faversham exit the sun was just visible through the grey cloud […]

Aug 112013
 
Cliffe Pools trip report

Our evening walk at Cliffe Pools on Friday began well with cormorants, stock doves, great black-backed gulls and a hobby flying through as we gathered in the car park.   As we moved off, ably led by Neville a green woodpecker called. Jackdaw, wood pigeon, blackbird and starling were all noted by members of the […]