Tuesday 30 June 2009

Oare Marsh: Peregrine (1), Marsh Harrier (2), Avocets (3), Sand Martins, House Martins, Little Egrets (3) and Black-tailed Godwits.

Sand Martin
Little Egret
House Martin
Collard Dove

Monday 29 June 2009

Elmley RSPB Reserve: Marsh Harrier (3), Wood Sandpiper (1), Green Sandpiper (1), Little Owl (2), Green Woodpecker (2), Yellow Wagtail (8), Swallows, Avocets, Spotted Redshanks (10), Black-tailed Godwits and Common Terns.

Yellow Wagtail
(Odd) Oystercatcher
Meadow Pipit
Marsh Harrier
Meadow Brown
Little Owl
House Sparrow

Sunday 28 June 2009

Dungeness: Mediterranean Gull, Hobby (1), Marsh Harrier (2), Common Sandpiper (1), Little Ringed Plover (4), Common Terns (many) and Sand Martins

Pied Wagtail
Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Carrion Crow

Friday 26 June 2009

Gillingham: On a short evening cycle ride along Darland Banks with Rhiannon a single adult Mediterranean Gull flew over.

Thursday 25 June 2009

Faversham: A visit to Oare after the commute home from work: Avocets (2), a moulting Ruff, a Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwits a singing Lesser Whitethroat and lots of Sand Martins with smaller numbers of House Martins and a few Swifts.

Monday 22 June 2009

Gillingham: Sadly on call for work this weekend and too busy ultimately to get out of the house. Managed a few 'practice' flight shots in the garden:

Black-headed Gull

Friday 19 June 2009

Faversham: St Catherine's Church:
Robin (Juvenile)
House Sparrow
House Sparrow

Thursday 18 June 2009

Faversham: Late this evening we headed off to Kings Wood, Challock and saw: 2/3 Nighjar, 3+ Woodcock and heard a single Tawny Owl.

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Faversham: Okay. We'd deliberated enough and yesterday on the way home from the office went and bought ourselves a Canon 50D SLR, a Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO lens (as well as a Canon EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens), and a whole raft of other goodies!

Looking at the manuals and still none the wiser, we managed to fix various pieces together, changed the setting to 'P' and after work made the 10 minute journey to Oare (although I had popped out at lunchtime to the churchyard two minutes walk from the house) and let ourselves go!

Garganey (Distant male)

Black-tailed GodwitHouse Sparrow Spotted Flycatcher
Grey HeronChiffchaff

Monday 15 June 2009

Faversham: A very warm day, so we elected for a very pleasant walk down to Faversham Creek enjoying: Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Little Egret, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Swifts as we made our way round.

Sunday 14 June 2009

Gillingham: Setup the moth trap last night, but by time I got to it this morning the best had flown away!

White Ermine
Heart and Dart
Clouded Brindle(?)
Bordered Sallow
Brenda and I decided on a lazy day and headed off to woodland near Blean. Very quiet, but for some Common Buzzards, Great Spotted Woodpeckers (2), Green Woodpecker and Whitethroat (1).

I then managed to see a Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Avocet and Little Egret on the Elmley access track as I made way to the afternoons Kent Ornithological Society Editorial & Records Committee meeting.

Wednesday 10 June 2009

Faversham: A further diversion was essential from the second day of a virtual course being attended for work. What better way than a 30 minute run at lunchtime round Faversham Creek racking up Sedge Warbler (1), Reed Warbler (2), Whitethroat (1) and Willow Warbler (2) all heard.

Brenda and I paid a late afternoon visit to Oare this afternoon: 3 Marsh Harriers, 350+ Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Avocets, 1 Common Tern, 6 Little Egrets, 1 House Martin, 4 Swifts, 1 Swallow and many Sand Martins. Also heard: Cuckoo & Cetti's Warbler.

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Gillingham: This afternoon while participating in a two day virtual course for work, my spirits were lifted by an adult Mediterranean Gull passing the bedroom window!

Thursday 4 June 2009

Faversham: No sign of my jogging trainers so settled for a brisk lunchtime walk sandwiched between work related meetings! A single singing Chiffchaff and a feeding Spotted Flycatcher at the local churchyards were welcome diversions.

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