Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Funton (Kent): Afternoon WeBS count in cold and snowy conditions. Highlights included Marsh Harrier (3), Red-breasted Merganser (3 males, 2 females), 2/3 Rock Pipits and a nice surprise in the form of a Dartford Warbler associating with a female Stonechat.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Dungeness (Kent): As we drove to Dungeness RSPB Reserve through Romney Marsh, we managed to catch up with some small mixed flocks of passerines including Yellowhammer (14), Chaffinch (25), Linnet (12), Pied Wagtail (c30) and Meadow Pipit (8). We also located a small group of Bewick's Swan (6). At Dungeness RSPB Reserve itself, we managed to catch up with Smew (1 redhead) on the New Diggings pits, Little Egret (3) and there were at least five Marsh Harriers in the area.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Cliffe (Kent): It's been difficult for us to get out recently with work being so busy, so we were pleased to have managed a three hour visit to Cliffe this afternoon. The birds weren't close enough to photograph; however the views of Shorelark (3) near the 'Flamingo' pool, a male Goldeneye nearby and a female Sparrowhawk and single Great Northern Diver on the Alpha pool made for a pleasant afternoon.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Dungeness (Kent): Ignoring the poor weather, we travelled down to Dungeness determined to enjoy our day off work together. Despite both getting completely soaked, we made good use of our time and enjoyed among others: Goldeneye (4 female), Cetti's Warbler (heard), Kingfisher (1), Marsh Harrier (6), a Bittern flying across the ARC from the Hanson hide, the Great White Egret from Denge Marsh Road (1), Little Egret (6), Stonechat (2) and at least one of the Glossy Ibis.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Pegwell Bay (Kent): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Golden Plover (1300+) and eventually we managed several views of the Zitting Cisticola (Fan-tailed Warbler), that has been eluding us for the two previous visits to this site!
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Dersingham Bog, Burnham Market and Titchwell (Norfolk): Started at Dersingham Bog where we saw Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker and Crossbill (3 males, 7 females). We then moved to Burnham Market and found the white-phase Snow Goose among Pink-footed Goose (5000+). We finished the day at Titchwell, staying until dusk, where we saw: Snow Bunting (31), Pink-footed Goose (1000+ distant), Ruff (31), Marsh Harrier (2), Hen Harrier (1 ring-tail), Little Egret (3), Golden Plover (800+) and Sparrowhawk (1).
Friday, 30 October 2009
Sculthorpe Moor, East Runton and Cley (Norfolk): Started at the wonderful Hawk and Owl Trust reserve at Sculthorpe Moor where we saw: Chiffchaff (1), Marsh Tit (4+), Siskin (heard), Stonechat (1 male) and Kingfisher (1). We then moved to East Runton where we saw little of note other than an adult Mediterranean Gull. We finished the day at Cley where we stayed until dusk: Stonechat (1), Barn Owl (1), Marsh Harrier (4+), Peregrine (1), Cetti's Warbler (heard), Spotted Redshank (1), Ruff (21), Avocet (2), Little Egret (1), Brent Goose (50), Avocet (2), Black-tailed Godwit (140+) and Pink-footed Goose (20+)
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Brancaster and Snettisham (Norfolk): Started at Brancaster this morning among the 5000 Pink-footed Geese, a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose and two Common Buzzard. After lunch we moved on to Snettisham to see how the high tide wader fest would unfold despite less than ideal tidal conditions. Happy to see c5000 Knot flying around with supporting cast in the area of Bar-tailed Godwits, Peregrine and hunting Barn Owl.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Titchwell and Holme (Norfolk): We arrived at Titchwell shortly after 09:00 and walked first to Island Hide from where we saw: Bearded Tit, Water Rail (1+) and Cetti's Warbler (3 heard). We then walked to the coast and back: Bar-tailed Godwit (c20), Black-tailed Godwit (2), Snow Bunting (13), Ruff (12), Pink-footed Goose (13), Little Egret (3), Eider (5), Brent Goose (c100), Golden Plover (c200), Gannet (2) and an obvious movement of Fieldfare and Redwing. After 12:00 we moved west along the coast to Holme to see the Yellow-browed Warbler which showed well through the scope before driving down to Holme Dunes where we saw Barn Owls (4), Cetti's Warbler (2 heard) and we continued to enjoy the large numbers of Thrushes moving in (Blackbirds, Fieldfares and Redwings).
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Cley and Holkham (Norfolk): We started at Cley and managed to catch up with the reported White-rumped Sandpiper and male Green-winged Teal. Also saw Kingfisher (1), Egyptian Goose (10), Marsh Harrier (1), Little Egret (2), Brent Goose (3), Pink-footed Goose (20), Ruff (3), Stonechat (1) and Peregrine (1). We then visited Holkham, where we saw: Snow Bunting (5) and Pink-footed Goose (c80).
Monday, 26 October 2009
Welney (Norfolk): Afternoon visit to Welney. Common Crane (5), Sparrowhawk (1), Merlin (1 male), Whooper Swans (c80), Ruff (15), Golden Plover (1) and Stock Dove (2).
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Staines Moor (Surrey) & Sandwich Bay (Kent): Visited Staines Moor to view the first winter Brown Shrike which we saw well but could only obtain record shots. Also heard Cetti's Warbler and Ring-necked Parakeet. After, we drove to Restharrow Scrape at Sandwich to see the Jack Snipe, where we also saw a single Brent Goose.