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 […]

May 052014
 
Stodmarsh - May trip report

The sun was out today, as were the cyclists (on the road to Stodmarsh), as were other birdwatchers (the car park was near to full) and as were the birds (see below). Seventeen of us gathered and together we did the whole 4 mile circuit up to Grove Ferry, heading out in the direction of […]

May 272013
 
Dawn chorus report from Northward Hill

Meeting in the car park at Bromhey Farm (part of Northward Hill RSPB reserve) at 5am in the morning we were greeted by a chaffinch announcing the start of a sunny if rather chilly morning.  We soon added whitethroat, wren, robin and song thrush and these species would continue to be the dominant songsters for […]

May 042011
 
Dungeness in May - a Purple (Heron) Patch?

Not quite but nearly.   Whilst we were at Dungeness today, the report came in that there are now two Purple Herons on the site which is great news. Anyway, on to more normal Wednesday bird watching.   Early on we saw curlew, oystercatchers, dunlin with lovely black bellies, several full plumage red knot, redshank, cormorants sitting on their twiggy […]