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 […]

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 […]

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 222012
 
Cliffe Pools

Members of the Gravesend group assembled in the car park at Cliffe Pools on Tuesday, relieved that the extreme heat of the last few days had subsided and now was pleasantly warm; a more comfortable temperature in which to walk and bird-watch. 13 members set out and we were immediately greeted by a whitethroat darting […]

Aug 122012
 
Cliffe evening trip

On Friday 10 August 15 members of the group met up just outside* the main Cliffe RSPB reserve car park for an evening walk around the reserve.  It was a lovely summer evening with a high tide around 7pm.  Before we had exited the car park we had seen a juvenille green woodpecker and shortly […]

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 […]