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Dec 282019
 
Grey Wagtails, The River Darent and Rochester Cathedral

In previous years some of us have made a one day “survey” of grey wagtails along the river Darent. We have shown that at least 5-6 pairs breed successfully between Farningham and Otford. This year we were rather unsuccessful, we found the birds at only two sites and saw only one fledgling. However, as with […]

 Posted by on 28 December 2019 at 3:03 pm
Dec 172019
 

Several members of the group have recently seen sparrowhawk in the garden.   Some of the birds have been particularly gregarious, staying around and seeming almost curious around the human occupants, maybe young birds? I tend to see sparrowhawk in the garden more often in the autumn than the rest of the year, this is […]

Nov 192019
 
Black-headed Gull 2L RR

Today Sally and I made a short birdwatching trip to Gravesend Promenade. The first birds to grab our attention were a pair of common gulls parading in unison, with dropped wings, across the mud – all the while giving a very loud raucous call (the birds, not us). This must be some kind of display […]

 Posted by on 19 November 2019 at 9:24 pm
Oct 292019
 
Sandwich Bird Observatory 27th October

Following a very wet Saturday nine members met at Sandwich Bird Observatory on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. On the drive down the signs of the forthcoming autumn were there to see in the changing colours of the road side trees. We were made aware of a bird ringing session taking place in one of […]

Sep 222019
 
Log Piles and Dead Wood in your Garden

Steve and Hazel have sent me this photograph of a log pile that they created in their garden. I know that other members of the group have also created their own. And why not! Decaying wood  is a great bio-diverse habitat providing a home for fungi, insects, spiders and small animals. Wrens enjoy ducking and […]

 Posted by on 22 September 2019 at 11:30 pm
Aug 252019
 
Hen Harriers

I recently visited the KWT reserve at Sevenoaks. I always have a look at the donated second-hand books for sale and on this occasion found that they were selling 50+ bound volumes of the journal “British Birds”. I like reading old natural history journals so I bought the lot! And, now that I have also […]

 Posted by on 25 August 2019 at 9:14 pm
Aug 152019
 
Dungeness reserve update - August 2019

Here is the latest news from the team at the Dungeness RSPB reserve: Reserve News Updates Although this summer has not been as good as last years (where’s the sun?), we’ve managed to see some amazing wildlife on our reserve this month. Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a great number of […]

 Posted by on 15 August 2019 at 10:46 am
Jul 282019
 
Rose Chafers at Samphire Hoe

If you have been to Samphire Hoe recently, or have read our recent trip report,  you will know that Samphire Hoe is a great place to find rose chafer beetles. Rose chafers are quite big beetles, very friendly, and easy to watch as they feed on the flower heads of wild carrot, large knapweed and […]

 Posted by on 28 July 2019 at 10:21 pm