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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jan 212014
 
Elmley NNR

As we drove onto the reserve we were met with flooded fields and ditches with huge flocks of starling, lapwing and over 50 curlew on one side of the track – a further 60 on the other.   Mute swan, greylag geese, coot, redshank and a marsh harrier were also spotted as we continued along […]

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 […]

Jun 072013
 
Hothfield

A great day out on Wednesday with my usual companions.    It started a little overcast, and quite cool, but as the day wore on it cleared and blue sky and sunshine warmed us well.   This was good news as we had chosen to go to the bogs and heathland at KWT’s Hothfield Heath and […]