Sep 242014
 
Conyer Creek & Oare Marshes

A lovely day out, even though it rained a little this morning.   At Conyer we saw many swallow gathering on telegraph wires ready to migrate.   Hundreds of house martin were feeding up high above us, chattering away to each other (presumably keeping in contact in their family groups).   Surprisingly, we also found […]

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 262014
 
Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks  Wildlife Reserve was the venue for our Tuesday walk this month and although the traffic was quite bad, 14 of us met up near the tea bar.   Whilst some watched a kingfisher from the nearby hide, others enjoyed a relaxing cup of tea whilst listening to chiffchaff, robin, blackbird and blackcap (amongst others). […]

Feb 022014
 
Sevenoaks

Twenty of us gathered in the car park at Sevenoaks today for Sue & Cliff’s debut as walk leaders, and what a great job they did!   With all the recent rain, it was no surprise to find that access to various parts of the reserve was restricted with Carter Hide under water and much […]

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 152014
 
Team Work . . . . .  always pays off in the end!

When we set off this morning, the weather was overcast, and rain threatened, but with Malcolm’s “it’ll be sunny by 11:30” ringing in our ears we decided on Blean Woods to start and then Reculver. Our thoughts were that if we were likely to see a lesser spotted woodpecker this year then we needed to […]

Jan 132013
 
Sevenoaks in the mist and rain

My Wednesday walk this week was to Sevenoaks KWT reserve.   We started off in our usual direction, along the side of the largest lake, taking in the hides along the way.   The first thing we all noticed was that Great Tit were singing – I had heard one the day before, and realised […]

Dec 092012
 
Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry KWT Reserve

Having just returned from rather warmer climes, the chill of Sunday morning was a bit of a shock.   However, when we gathered at Stodmarsh car park in the sunshine we all felt a little brighter and anticipated a good day’s birdwatching with Ian and Sue at the helm.   Waxwings had been reported in […]