May 052018
 
Dawn Chorus

Waking up at 4am is not everyone’s idea of weekend enjoyment but that was 9 of us did last Sunday to enjoy the dawn chorus at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. With sunrise at 5:30am it was still a dark gloom as we listened to our first songster of the day: a mistle thrush singing from […]

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 152014
 
Four foray to France

So, if you were going out bird watching and left Gravesend at 6.:30 am to catch a train, where would you be going?   Bearing in mind Sally had to get Malcolm out of bed, fed and dressed by then it would have to be special . . . . . . . . . […]

Apr 222012
 
Oare

17 of us met in the car park at Oare for our group walk around this KWT reserve on the Swale.    A whitethroat sang from a tree by the side of the car park,  its beautiful clean white throat catching the light – great for a photograph, but I enjoyed watching so much I couldn’t bring myself […]

Mar 222012
 

Following on from Sue and Ian’s post at the weekend; I saw Wheatear yesterday at Dungeness, they were superb, the males’ full breeding plumage was bright in the spring sun, I fell in love on the spot – just a shame I’m not a Wheatear! Full post to follow shortly. Sue