Sunday, 25 February 2018

February 25th
On another bitter morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and then walked inland at Reculver. Birds we saw included 14 Mute Swans, 17 Cormorants, 59 Chaffinches, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Skylarks, 47 Carrion Crows, 3 Teal, 17 Redshank, 12 Shelduck, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Wigeon, 31 Mallard, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 54 Oystercatchers, 2 Turnstone, 3 Yellowhammers, 20 Corn Buntings, 30 Reed Buntings, 2 Stonechats, 1 Grey Partridge and 2 Kestrels.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

February 24th
Although it was sunny this morning there was a freezing easterly wind blowing as we walked from Chamber's Wall and up to Coldharbour. Birds we saw included 7 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Partridges, 24 Chaffinches, 3 Yellowhammers, 24 Corn Buntings,30 Reed Buntings, 55 Carrion Crows, 40 House Sparrows, 16 Linnets, 16 Shelduck, 36 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 7 Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Oystercatchers and 1 Kestrel.

Friday, 23 February 2018

February 23rd
With a fresh and cold E wind blowing we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back and saw 1 Jay, 321 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Goldfinches, 6 Redshank, 28 Linnets, 20 Oystercatchers, 8 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 34 Mallard, 86 Carrion Crows, 7 Ringed Plovers, 1 Curlew, 10 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, 4 Mute Swans, 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 72 Cormorants, 2 Stonechats, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Grey Heron.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

February 22nd
It's getting colder! On an eye watering morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour before walking inland at Reculver on the way home. We recorded 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Chaffinches, 40 Carrion Crows, 1 Sparrowhawk, 60 Reed Buntings, 46 Corn Buntings, 10 Shelduck, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Redshank, 4 Wigeon, 34 Mallard, 36 Oystercatchers, 1 Curlew, 1 Stonechat, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Common Buzzard.

Little Egret fishing in Coldharbour

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

February 21st
Back at Reculver this morning we began by joining three other birders looking unsuccessfully for the Pine Bunting and then decided to walk up to Coldharbour and on to Plumpudding before returning along the railway embankment. Birds we saw included 7 Lapwings, 8 Yellowhammers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 60 Corn Buntings, 35 Chaffinches, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Redshank, 9 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 19 Mallard, 43 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 55 Carrion Crows, 52 Sanderling, 60 Common Scoter on the sea off Plumpudding lagoon, 3 Stonechats, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Dartford Warbler (110th) in bushes and scrub on the railway embankment by the Wade crossing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 50 Reed Buntings and 4 Goldfinches.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

February 20th
As the weather forecast here was for rain and drizzle all day we had an early start and travelled via Eurotunnel to Vlissingen in the Netherlands, where the forecast was for a reasonable day, in order to see the wintering first winter Ross's Gull. We were successful and got some good if a little distant views for about half an hour. We also saw a good range of wildfowl including 1,200 Barnacle Geese and 400 White-fronted Geese.

Monday, 19 February 2018

February 19th
We began a rainy morning looking unsuccessfully for the Pine Bunting at Chamber's Wall amongst the many buntings and sparrows present. We eventually gave up and walked up to Coldharbour and saw 60 Chaffinches, 27 Linnets, 40 Corn Buntings, 14 Yellowhammers, 60 Reed Buntings, 3 Redshank, 15 Shelduck, 42 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Stonechats, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Mallard, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Goldcrest and 50 House Sparrows.