Monday 29 November 2010

Sunday 28 November 2010


Ring-necked Parakeet
Carrion Crow

Thursday 25 November 2010

Peanut Surprise

Working from Faversham today, it was a lovely diversion from mundane work matters to peer out of the window and view a female Great Spotted Woodpecker availing itself of the easy pickings at the nut feeder. At lunch time, I treated myself to a four-mile run in the cold, but enjoyed the Little Egret and Fieldfares (25+) viewed on the route.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Saturday 20 November 2010

Eastern Sheppey

Reacquainted ourselves today (after picking up Bob Knight), with the Shellness and Capel Fleet area, arriving shortly before midday. It had been quite a while since we visited this area due to the usual time pressures, but what a great time we had, even though much of what we saw was fairly distant (particularly from a photographic perspective).

At Shellness, we enjoyed a flock of Common Scoter (40+), Great Crested Grebe (2), a hunting ring-tail Hen Harrier, several Marsh Harriers, Brent Geese (c10), Green Woodpecker (2), Short-eared Owl (1), Sanderlings, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Turnstones, a flock of Chaffinch (100+) concealing among them a single Brambling, though it was quite possible that we missed others as the flock was flighty and often out of sight!

Following a spot of light lunch at Leysdown we ventured on to Capel Fleet where we added Corn Bunting (40+), Common Buzzard (1), Green Sandpiper (1), Little Egret (1), Linnet (15+), Merlin (1) and further Marsh Harriers and another Short-eared Owl.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Brambling (with Chaffinch)

Saturday 13 November 2010


We made our way lazily to Dungeness (Kent), this morning, driving along the coast from near Rye and bumping into Neil, Jan and Dave at the East Sussex/Kent border viewing Scotney Pit around 9:30. We'd only seen a single Green Sandpiper and two or three Marsh Harriers, but here we added Little Egret, Barnacle Goose (c55), and the nine or ten strange hybrid geese with white heads.

Exchanging some local news, we moved on to view the three Bewick's Swans visible from the roadside before the RSPB reserve entrance before enjoying a breakfast/lunch at the cafe next to the light railway. Fueled up, we then replenished our winter bird food supplies at the RSPB visitor centre enjoying a couple of Tree Sparrows along the track on route. Moving over to the ARC side of the reserve, we enjoyed watching two Bitterns flying out from the reeds across the water on three occasions. We also saw: Marsh Harrier (1), Kingfisher (1), Goldeneye (4) Ruddy Duck (6) and the three Bewick's Swans seen earlier flew in.

News on the pager then alerted us to a Grey Phalarope on a pit between Lydd and Camber Sands, so we made the effort to arrive before the light became any worse and was amazed to find on arrival both Ray Turley and Paul Trodd watching the phalarope about six feet from them! After the bird had moved away some, we joined them on the bank side and it was not long before again the phalarope entertained us almost within arms reach. Wonderful!

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Bewick's Swans

Sunday 7 November 2010

Welney Trio

Welney (Norfolk): Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Tree Sparrow (2), Green Sandpiper (1), Marsh Harrier (1), Bewick's Swan (2), Whooper Swan (30+), Redwing (4) and Black-tailed Godwit (200+)
Bewick's Swan
Bewick's Swan
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Mute Swan

North Norfolk Coast

Arrived at Titchwell (Norfolk) around 08:30. Twite (30+), Velvet Scoter (1), Marsh Harrier (4), Little Egret, Arctic Skua (1), Great Skua (2), Common Scoter (100+), Goldeneye (1), Grey Phalarope (1), Siskin (10), Rock Pipit (2), Pink-footed Goose (200) and Brent Goose (100). After lunch we drove on to Cley: Green-winged Teal (1), Marsh Harrier (1), Brent Goose (400) and Little Egret (2)
Green-winged Teal
Egyptian Goose
Coal Tit
Black-headed Gull