Tuesday, 24 May 2022

May 24th

Today 3 Red Kites flew high W over Bishopstone between the showers.

Common Broomrape - Matt Hindle


Monday, 23 May 2022

May 23rd

On wet but calm morning Matt walked along the seawall from Reculver to Plumpudding and back along the railway embankment. He saw 1 Fulmar, 10 Cetti's Warblers, 1 immature male Eider, 7 Swallows, 7 Little Egrets, 5 Stonechats, 6 Turnstone, 3 Corn Buntings, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Terns, 2 Tufted Ducks and 1 Marsh Harrier.

Immature male Eider - Matt Hindle

Sunday, 22 May 2022

May 22nd

This morning Matt walked from Chamber's Wall to Plumpudding and on to Brooksend and Netherhale and returned along the railway emabnkment. He saw 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Corn Buntings, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Cuckoos, 9 Blackcaps, 13 Cetti's Warblers, 29 Swallows, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 5 Grey Herons, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 male Stonechat with 5 juveniles, 6 Coot, 9 Greylag Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Greenfinches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Swifts, 3 Kestrels, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Lapwing and 1 Little Grebe. 

He also saw nine species of butterfly including 10 + Painted Ladies, 1 Brimstone and 5 freshly emerged Common Blues.

Summer plumaged Dunlin - Matt Hindle

Ringed Plover - Matt Hindle

Goldfinch - Matt Hindle

Brimstone on railway embankment - Matt Hindle


Saturday, 21 May 2022

May 21st

Dave Smith was out in the Minnis Bay and Plumpudding area between 0450 and 0920 and his undoubted highlight was finding a Red-rumped Swallow flying W (169th) at the Shuart crossing. This is the eighth record of this species for the area. Other birds he saw were 3 Greylag Geese, 4 Mute Swans, 2 Shelduck, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 3 Red-legged Partridges, 1 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Turtle Dove, 48 Swifts W, 5 Oystercatchers, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Turnstone, 18 Sanderling, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrels, 2 Jay, 4 Sand Martins, 17 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Stonechats and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

 
Red-rumped Swallow - Dave Smith

 Matt was also out early and walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and Chamber's Wall. He saw 17 Swifts W, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls W, 17 Swallows W, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Common Sandpipers,  8 Shelduck, 8 Little Egrets, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Stonechat, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Blackcaps, 3 House Martins, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Turnstones, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzards, 20 Sand Martins and 1 Marsh Harrier.


Derek Smith was out at Shuart where he had a female Golden Oriole (168th) flying W at 0600. Other birds he saw included 2 adult and 6 juvenile Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Egrets, 12 Ringed Plovers, 18 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 22 Swifts W, 38 Swallows W, 11 House Martins W, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Stonechats with juveniles, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 Corn Buntings.

Friday, 20 May 2022

May 20th

On an increasingly wet morning Matt walked from Reculver to Plumpudding and back. He counted 1 Blackcap, 8 Swallows, 1 Cuckoo, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls W,  6 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Kestrel, 7 Little Egrets, 1 immature White-fronted Goose E, 1 Shelduck, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 13 Turnstone, 4 Common Terns, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Whimbrel W, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Teal, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Swift, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Stonechats, 3 Sandwich Tern and 2 Avocets W.

In the evening, after the rain, Dave Smith had a two hour walk aroung the Hillborough area. Birds he recorded included 11Stock Doves, 5 Swifts SW, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Skylarks, 10 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 3 Whitethroats.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

May 19th

After overnight thundery showers Dave Smith arrived at 0517 and spent three hours in the Minnis Bay and Plumpudding area. Birds he saw included 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Shelduck, 2 Red-legged Partridges, 5 Great Crested Grbes, 3 Stock Doves, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Tern, 2 Grey Herons, 7 Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 5 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

May 18th

Dave Smith was out in the Shuart and Plumpudding area between 0445 and 0745 and his highlights were 4 Mute Swans, 3 Shelduck, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, 7 Swifts W, 3 Coot, 6 Oystercatchers, 2 Lapwings, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 5 Mediterranean Gulls E, 4 Common Terns, 10 Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 7 Swallows, 3 House Martins W, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 adult and 4 recently fledged juvenile Stonechats and 3 Yellow Wagtails.

Stonechat - Dave Smith

Meadow Pipit - Dave Smith

Painted Lady - Dave Smith