Monday 25 January 2010

Oare (Kent): On call for work this weekend so little time for birding. We did however find time to squeeze a short visit in to Oare this morning. We managed to see some Ruff (14), Avocet (25) and Stonechat (2), but then the phone rang and it was sadly back to work almost as soon as we arrived!


Monday 11 January 2010

Riverside Country Park, Gillingham (Kent): We managed a feeble amount of birding this weekend as we took advantage of the weather to concentrate on other work and home commitments. A quick look in at the country park this afternoon resulted in our enjoying good views of the reported Snow Bunting, now present for over a week and Brent Geese on the estuary itself.

Saturday 2 January 2010

Tottenhill Pits (Norfolk) and Santon Downham (Suffolk): Looked at the Tottenhill Pits where we heard Marsh Tit and counted Goldeneye (1 male, 1 female), Mallard (55), Wigeon (10), Pochard (8), Pintail (20), and Teal (400+), then popped into St Helen's Picnic Site at Santon Downham on the way back to Kent to view the winter Finch flock containing at least 30+ Bramblings among many Chaffinch where we also saw Coal Tit and heard Nuthatch.

Titchwell, Flitcham Abbey, Roydon Common and Tottenhill Row (Norfolk): Having seen in the new year at our Norfolk home, we were surprised to wake to a moderate snow covering this morning. Carefully we made our way to Titchwell where we saw: Water Rail, Red Kite, Bittern, Red-breasted Merganser (4), Beareded Tit (2), Pink-footed Goose (c1000), Brent Goose (c200) and Redwing (20). As we started our return to the cottage, we popped into Flitcham Abbey where we saw Common Buzzard (2), Pink-footed Goose (5), Grey Partridge (12), Egyptian Goose (2) and many common birds new for the year. As darkness drew nearer we decided to take a look at Roydon Common and were rewarded with a male and female Hen Harrier coming to roost. Cold and satisfied with our day in the field we returned to the house and was fortunate to catch sight of a Woodcock flying over the common ground at the front of the house in Tottenhill Row.

Water Rail
Bearded Tit
Reed Bunting
Common Buzzard