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 […]

Jun 282013
 
Cliffe RSPB Reserve

This week our usual walk took us to Cliffe.      We were met with a cacophany of sound from the Black-headed Gulls on the first pool, where there were also Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Coot and Canada Geese.   From the bushes and trees around the car park and along the first part […]

Aug 092012
 
Oare

A dozen of us met in the car park at Oare for this Saturday morning walk.   High tide was due at around 3 pm, and we know from experience that this means that the mud on the Swale will be covered by 1 pm, so we opted to start off on the seawall. A […]