Sep 232018
 
Rain in Rainham!

Autumn has arrived and a merry band of seven well prepared group members met at Rainham Marshes on a very wet Sunday morning.  It seemed as if the house sparrows were feeling in a similar mood – as we gathered in the shelter of the visitor centre, they were gathering under the bird house feeder […]

Dec 202017
 
Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Sunday 17th December: Wendy and I woke up to find we could barely see the end of our garden for fog and it was wet and cold.   Oh well, knowing the intrepid Gravesend Group birders someone was bound to be at Leybourne so we packed a flask and set off.  On our way down […]

Sep 042015
 
An evening stroll in Mote Park

A dozen of us joined Simon Ginnaw for a walk in Mote Park on Sunday.   The plan was to do some bird watching and as the sun set look for some bats. As many of you will already know Mote Park has been Simon’s local patch since he was 14, and his knowledge of […]

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 […]

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 252013
 
Lullingstone

A cold and grey morning’s walk at Lullingstone this week certainly added to my “heard” list rather than species seen!   There weren’t even any butterflies or many flowers to enjoy with such a delayed early summer. Crosswort was good to see, along with the twisted bark on the trunk of Sweet Chestnut trees. Malcolm […]

Jan 072013
 
Shellness and Capel Fleet

The first group outing of the New Year was to Shellness and Capel Fleet.  Twenty-one of us met Jeff near Leysdown as the tide fell exposing large expanses of mud.    Distant waders were identified through the misty morning light, and we soon had a list with Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Knot, […]