Saturday, 26 May 2018

May 26th
Back at a misty and drizzly Reculver this morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Oyster Farm as the drizzle cleared and the sun came out. We recorded 7 Whitethroats, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 8 Skylarks, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Mute Swans, 25 Mallard, 2 Little Egrets, 1 pair of Teal, 24 Carrion Crows, 8 Oystercatchers, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 7 Turnstone, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 4 Ringed Plovers, 6 Linnets, 3 Shelduck, 2 Gannets E and 1 Common Tern.

Mute Swan family with 1 normal and 1 "Polish" morph cygnet
May 25th - Another day trip to France
With a promising forecast after a misty start we decided to have another trip to northern France visiting Baie de Canche, Sailly-Bray, Crecy Forest and Marquenterre. Unfortunately the day turned out to be misty and overcast which probably has a negative effect on singing birds but we did mange to see 2 Cattle Egrets, 3 Great White Egrets, 34 Spoonbills, 11 White Storks, 1 displaying Honey Buzzard, 1 Crested Lark, 1 Crested Tit, 4 Short-toed Treecreepers, 5 Melodious Warblers and 1 Hawfinch in a total of 104 species.

Great White Egret

Spoonbill

Thursday, 24 May 2018

May 24th
This morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Oyster Farm and saw 5 Whitethroats, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 9 Linnets, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Oystercatchers, 6 Mute Swans, including 2 adults with 2 young cygnets one of which was of the Polish morph, 16 Mallard, including a female with 6 ducklings, 2 Redshank, 34 Carrion Crows, 1 Common Scoter E, 4 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Fulmar E, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 7 House Martins W, 3 Sand Martins and 1 Common Tern.

Whimbrel

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

May 23rd
On another cool and blustery morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back along the railway embankment. Birds we saw included 3 Little Egrets, 1 Shelduck, 7 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Terns, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Marsh Harrier, 2 Ringed Plovers, 11 Gannets E, 2 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 2 Tufted Duck, 30 Carrion Crows, 18 Linnets, 7 Whitethroats, 1 Grey Partrdge, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 2 House Martins W, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swifts W and 1 Little Owl.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

May 22nd
There was rain in the air this morning as we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour but it remained relatively quiet. We recorded 4 Gannets E, 5 Mediterranean Gulls E, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Whitethroats, 4 Little Egrets, 13 Sand Martins, 1 Cuckoo, 14 Swallows W, 4 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Common Terns, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Turnstone, 32 Carrion Crows, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Kestrel.

Monday, 21 May 2018

May 21st
We spent this morning ringing at Shuart where we saw 2 Ravens, 5 Red-legged Partridges, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Turtle Dove, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwings, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 8 Whitethroats, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Kestrels, 1 Corn Bunting, 12 Reed Warblers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Grey Heron.

Birds ringed 12: Wren 1, Reed Warbler 6, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Whitethroat 3, Cetti's Warbler 1

Reed Warbler

This morning at Grenham Bay Terry Wilson saw 2 Grey Plovers, 1 Turnstone and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Great Crested Grebe

Sunday, 20 May 2018

May 20th
We spent an overcast morning ringing at Reculver where we saw 1 Cuckoo, 8 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 10 Sand Martins and 12 Swallows.

Birds ringed 13: Great Tit 1, Reed Warbler 3, Blackcap 3, Robin 1, Chaffinch 1, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 3