Tuesday, 15 October 2019

October 15th 
With light showers and drizzle being blown over by a light SW wind we had an excellent morning walking from Chamber's Wall to the Oyster Farm lagoons. We saw 16 Song Thrushes, 37 Chiffchaffs, 158 Chaffinches W, 1 Merlin, 13 Redwings, 20 Blackbirds, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Goldcrests, 8 Blue Tits, 10 Great Tits, 22 Goldfinches, 77 Mallard, 1 Ring Ouzel and 9 Bearded Tits calling and flying high W.
From Coldharbour the species we saw included 6 Swallows, 5 Stonechats, 1 Curlew, 25 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Golden Plovers, 9 Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers, 11 Skylarks, 2 Wheatears, 34 Meadow Pipits on the beach, 2 Redshank, 7 Turnstone, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Black Redstart catching flies on the seawall, 8 Corn Buntings, 100 House Sparrow, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Little Egret, 4 Coot, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Ravens flying S, 3 Siskin W and 8 Dunnocks.

Black Redstart

Between 1230 and 1500 Derek Smith walked around Shuart and the railway embankment and recorded 8 Dark-bellied Brent Geese W, 1 Merlin in off the sea, 1 Ring Ouzel, 400 Starlings W, 1 Grey Wagtail W, 230 Chaffinches W, 2 Bearded Tits, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 80 Chiffchaffs and 22 Goldcrests.

Bearded Tit - Derek Smith

Monday, 14 October 2019

October 14th
We managed an hour's ringing at Reculver this morning before the rain arrived and we had to pack up. Birds we saw included 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Jays, 4 Siskins, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Blackcaps, 2 Redwing, 10 Song Thrushes, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Mute Swans, 1 Brambling, 9 Robins and 1 Coal Tit.

Birds ringed 18: Chiffchaff 3, Blackcap 8, Robin 3, Blue Tit 1, Song Thrush 3.
 
After we had finished ringing Matt had a walk in the pouring rain at Reculver on the cliffes and around the bushes. He recorded 2 Corn Buntings, 8 Blackcaps, 14 Chiffchaffs, 1 Water Pipit (183rd), 3 Goldcrests, 1 Merlin in off the sea, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechats, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Wheatear, 14 Song Thrushes, 3 Redwings, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Rock Pipit, 30 Chaffinches and 1 Siskin.
Derek Smith spent the day walking from Shuart and along the embankment and then back to Plumpudding Netherhale and Brooksend. Between 0730 and 1700 he counted 3 Gannets E, 1 Marsh Harrier, 184 Sanderling at Plumpudding, 1 Jay W, 25 Song Thrushes, 20 Redwing, 2 Ring Ouzels, 3 Stonechats, 280 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 19 Blackcaps, 160 Chiffchaffs, 65 Goldcrests and 5 Corn Buntings.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

October 13th
For a change it wasn't raining this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall and railway embankment. We recorded 2 Kestrels, 1 Green Woodpecker, 27 Skylarks, 4 Goldcrests, 8 Redwings, 115 Lapwings, 4 Chiffchaffs, 25 Goldfinches, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 243 Chaffinches W, 142 Mallard, 4 Stonechats, 11 Siskins W, 15 Oystercatchers, 1 Turnstone, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Teal, 36 Linnets, 1 Wheatear, 100 House Sparrows, 18 Corn Buntings, 1 Jay and 1 Golden Plover.
Anthea Skiffington and Bob Dewire walked from Shuart to Plumpudding between 1000 and 1115 and counted 1,144 Chaffinches moving W and also 9 Redwing and 3 Fieldfares.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

October 12th
On a dull and drizzly morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour where we me Matt who had walked in from Shuart. Birds we saw between us included 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 1 Kestrel, 22 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 30 Meadow Pipits, 20 Robins, 42 Carrion Crows, 14 Linnets, 14 Corn Buntings, 4 Mallard, 90 Golden Plovers, 80 Reed Buntings, 2 Stonechats, 13 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests, 4 Song Thrushes, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 17 Ringed Plovers, 2 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and 1 House Martin.
Marc Heath was also out this morning and walked from Reculver to Coldharbour an hour before us. He recorded 5 Goldcrests, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls W, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Owl, 13 Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 3 Pied Wagtails, 4 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, 3 Oystercatchers, 7 Reed Buntings, 12 Ringed Plovers, 1 Turnstone, 120 Mallard, 1 Blackcap, 5 Corn Buntings, 1 Wheatear, 1 Skylark, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Derek Smith and Patrick Giles spent nearly 12 hours out in the rain and covered the whole of the eastern section of the Marsh from Chamber's Wall and Coldharbour to Brooksend and Netherhale and south to Potten Street. They counted 4 Common Buzzards, 5 Sparrowhawks, 85 Lapwings, 4 Grey Plovers, 60 Sanderling, 30 Redwings W, 35 Song Thrushes, 55 Blackbirds, 23 Skylarks W, 10 alba Wagtails W, 25 Meadow Pipits W, 50 House Sparrows, 4 Siskins W, 118 Chaffinches W, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 84 Chiffchaffs, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Netherhale and 56 Goldcrests.

Friday, 11 October 2019

October 11th
It was overcast and drizzly with a fresh to strong SSW wind blowing this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall. We saw 3 Wheatears, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Golden Plovers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 6 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 3 Goldcrests, 8 Goldfinches, 25 Mallard, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Little Egret, 13 Oystercatchers, 1 Turnstone, 14 Linnets, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 1 male Merlin, 70 Lapwings and 1 Red-legged Partridge.

Wheatear

Thursday, 10 October 2019

October 10th
On a cooler but sunny morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and found it quieter than yesterday. We managed to see 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Kestrels, 14 Cormorants, 51 Goldfinches, 4 Little Egrets, 12 Linnets, 31 Meadow Pipits, 8 Redshank, 64 House Martins W, 7 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Coot, 14 Ringed Plovers, 4 Swallows W, 7 Skylarks, 2 Stonechtas, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Rock Pipits and 1 Curlew.
At Plumpudding lagoon at high tide Terry Wilson counted 40 Sanderling, 4 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 4 Curlew, 2 Kestrels and 1 Peregrine.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

October 9th
This morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall and railway embankment. Birds we saw included 16 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 17 Swallows moving W, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 72 Goldfinches, 4 Coot, 47 Cormorants, 58 Lapwings, 61 Linnets, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 36 Oystercatchers, 3 Turnstone, 10 Mallard, 1 Stonechat, 42 Carrion Crows, 5 Corn Buntings, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 Common Buzzards.
This afternoon Mark Chidwick had a Snow Bunting fly in off the sea at Plumpudding before it flew west along the beach.