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Mar 262020
 
Help needed to rescue old UK rainfall records

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? I saw this on the BBC News website and thought some of you may be interested in helping out: BBC News article – rescue old rainfall records You’re not required to rummage through old bound volumes; the Met Office has already scanned the […]

 Posted by on 26 March 2020 at 4:55 pm
Mar 242020
 
Shieldbugs, Bees, Beetles and More

I am not a great expert on bugs – that is true bugs, species of Hemiptera. This group of insects includes aphids, plant hoppers etc. However, I do like the shieldbugs – there are not too many British species, most of them are fairly big and they come in different colours. Sally likes taking photographs […]

 Posted by on 24 March 2020 at 2:52 pm
Mar 122020
 
Group Trip to Rainham RSPB Reserve

On a bright sunny Sunday morning 17 of us gathered at RSPB Rainham Marshes. It was formerly Ministry of Defence land and was used as a firing range, evidence of which can be seen as we journey through the site.  The RSPB purchased the area in 2000 and it was officially opened in 2006. We […]

 Posted by on 12 March 2020 at 9:34 pm
Feb 012020
 
Roosting Treecreepers

Did you watch Winterwatch 2020? What was your highlight of the series? Well for me it was undoubtedly the film of the roosting treecreeper. If you missed it, the film showed a treecreeper coming to roost in a depression in the soft bark of a Giant Sequoia tree. It was also filmed waking up and […]

 Posted by on 1 February 2020 at 9:57 pm
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 […]