Feb 292016
 
Windy Dungeness

There was a cold easterly wind blowing when a dozen of us met at Dungeness lighthouse on Saturday morning, but not to be deterred we wrapped up warm and headed towards the power station. We were hoping to see the black redstarts which seem to have taken up residence in that area but unfortunately the […]

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 […]

Feb 032013
 
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

Today 16 members of the Group walked at Cliffe Pools and then Northward Hill. The Cliffe Pools Reserve has always been a great place to see large numbers of water birds in the winter and today was no exception. With huge flocks of Wigeon, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Coot, Lapwing, Shelduck, Shoveler, Teal, Pintail and Greylag […]

Feb 012013
 
The day just got better and better . . . .

The day had an ominous start; broken alarm clock, damaged window blinds, temporarily mislaid credit cards, a chipped windscreen – none of that heralded the greatest of days, but hopefully Dungeness would improve things. As we drove past the ARC pits I spotted a Great White Egret by the side of the road and we […]

Dec 172012
 
Three new species . . .

Last Wednesday I added three new species to my year list, and one of them a new bird for me (which after 30-odd years of birdwatching is no mean feat – although it might just say something about the standard of my talents!) With a hard frost the landscape was beautiful with bright sunshine glistening […]

Nov 242012
 
Dungeness

This week my usual Wednesday Walk was actually on Thursday  and as I trawled through the various websites looking for potential sites the only area which appealed was Dungeness.    Bravely I suggested it to the rest of the team – knowing that blame would be apportioned if I had made the wrong suggestion. We […]

Nov 172012
 
Fingringhoe Wick and Abberton Reservoir

Our second coach trip of the year took the group to Fingringhoe Wick and Abberton Reservoir, two Essex Wildlife Trust Reserves near Colchester.   The weather forecast was wet and cold, but we were lucky and although there were a couple of showers we managed to be in hides on both occasions. On the journey […]

Mar 012012
 
Cliffe Pools

A lovely sunny winter’s day led us to Cliffe on Wednesday.     We initially started from the RSPB car park and moved off towards the railway which supports the Brett Aggregates plant.   Magpies, chaffinch, wood pigeon and blackbird were seen in the car park.   On the pool nearby large numbers of coot, little grebe, pochard, tufted […]