Friday, 20 October 2017

October 20th
Although it was blustery this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour the rain held off. We saw 5 Redwings, 1 Kestrel, 27 Chaffinches, 3 Goldcrests, 76 Mallard, 5 Grey Partridges, 2 Chiffchaffs, 22 Linnets, 4 Corn Buntings, 1 Curlew, 3 Wigeon, 3 Little Egrets, 15 Oystercatchers, 45 Carrion Crows, 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Turnstone, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 44 House Sparrows, 1 Jay, 13 Mute Swans, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Pochard.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October 19th
It was a pleasant, late autumn morning as we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and then inland. We counted 7 Pied Wagtails, 9 Redshank, 2 Grey Herons, 9 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 51 Meadow Pipits, 161 Linnets, 1 Dunlin, 1 Lapwing, 3 Curlews, 54 Carrion Crows, 11 Oystercatchers, 12 Ringed Plovers, 17 Mute Swans, 14 Mallard, 11 Turnstone, 44 Goldfinches, 1 Teal, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Little Egret, 9 Skylarks, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Coal Tit in the conifers by the Visitors Centre, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 13 Blackbirds, 2 Siskins and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Pied Wagtail

This morning Derek Smith walked from Shuart and along the railway embankment and saw 43 Lapwings S, 89 Redwings W, 43 Blackbirds, 30 Song Thrushes, 6 Stonechats, 21 Meadow Pipits W, 18 Skylarks W, 1 Redpoll W, 4 Bramblings W, 13 Siskins W, 314 Chaffinches W, 2 Chiffchaffs, 18 Goldcrests and 1 Coal Tit.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

October 18th
There was a great deal of disturbance at Reculver this morning as the Environment Agency continue moving vast amounts of shingle to bolster the flood defences. Being only able to work either side of low tide it seems likely this will continue to the end of the month.
We walked at Chamber's Wall, Coldharbour and Reculver this morning and managed to see 2 Chiffchaffs, 25 Mute Swans, 11 Skylarks, 3 Bramblings, 22 Chaffinches, 9 Corn Buntings, 2 Redshank, 28 Carrion Crows, 1 Rock Pipit, 12 Turnstone, 1 Lapwwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 45 House Sparrows, 1 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Mallard, 4 Goldfinches, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jays, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Redwings and 2 Little Egrets.
At Grenham Bay Terry Wilson saw 10 Eiders, including 2 males, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Little Egrets and 1 female Blackcap.
Derek Smith walked from Shuart to Coldharbour and Plumpudding and counted 28 Mute Swans, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull E, 2 Sandwich Terns E, 14 Redwings W, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 22 Goldcrests, 12 Stonechats, 1 Grey Wagtail W, 7 alba Wagtails W, 60 Robins, 1 Siskin and 2 Bearded Tits.
Derek also went out after lunch and walked from Shuart to Brooksend and on to Minnis Bay where he counted 4 Common Buzzards, 6 Grey Herons, 18 Lapwings, 52 Collared Doves, 6 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Little Owls, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Brambling W.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

October 17th
Not all Ophelia's Sahara dust and murk from yesterday had cleared by this morning so that there was a bright red sunrise, yellowish sky and a faint smell of burning in the air. We walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour before visiting Reculver. Birds we saw included 16 Chaffinches, 1 Kestrel, 10 Mute Swans, 75 Golden Plovers, 1 Peregrine, 5 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 17 Mallard, 17 Corn Buntings, 2 Redwings, 6 Grey Partridges, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Little Egret, 14 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 6 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 42 Carrion Crows, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Grey Heron, 132 Collared Doves on the wires at Reculver and 1 Sparrowhawk.
Derek Smith walked from Shuart to the Green Wall, along the railway embankment and returned via Plumpudding. Birds began moving late morning and he counted 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawks, 6 Kestrels, 40 Song Thrushes, 32 Redwings, 55 Blackbirds, 370 Starlings W, 43 Skylarks W, 16 alba Wagtails W, 68 Meadow Pipits W, 1 Rock Pipit W, 3 Tree Sparrows, 6 Bearded Tits, 10 Stonechats, 32 Robins, 238 Chaffinches W, 38 Siskins W, 15 Redpolls W, 56 Goldfinches W, 9 Cetti's Warblers, 26 Chiffchaffs, 38 Goldcrests and 6 Corn Buntings W.

Coal Tit - Derek Smith

Cetti's Warbler - Derek Smith

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 16th
The very mild conditions continue and this morning began calm but the southerly breeze soon arrived as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall. Birds we saw included 37 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 31 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Siskins, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Golden Plovers, 13 Goldcrests, 84 Chaffinches W, 7 Mute Swans, 6 Redpoll, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Kestrels, 17 Skylarks, 3 Stonechats, 6 Little Egrets, 3 Mallard, 2 Redshank, 6 Rock Pipits, 5 Pied Wagtails, 7 Lapwings, 1 Gannet E, 45 Oystercatchers, 10 Turnstone, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Marsh Harrier, 32 Ringed Plovers, 11 Cormorants, 1 Peregrine, 3 Tree Sparrows and 20 Goldfinches.
Later at Reculver we saw 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow, 4 Jays W, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Purple Sandpiper.
There were still 2 Coal Tits visiting feeders in the gardens at Bishopstone.

Purple Sandpiper

Sunday, 15 October 2017

October 15th
It was mild and sunny as we spent the morning ringing at Reculver where we saw 1 Kingfisher, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Bramblings, 17 Redpoll W, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 14 Redwings W, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Sparrowhawks, 6 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Jays, 217 Chaffinches W, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 35 Siskins W, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Firecrests, 77 Mallard, 7 Mute Swans, 1 Stonechat, 9 Song Thrushes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 21 Magpies W, 2 Kestrels, 2 Mistle Thrushes 2 Common Buzzards, 240 Starlings W, 11 Skylarks, 10 Goldfinches W and 1 female Pintail N.

Birds ringed 12: Goldcrest 5, Chiffchaff 2, Firecrest 1, Chaffinch 1, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 1, Blackbird 1.

Redwing

This morning Dave Smith saw a Yellow-browed Warbler and heard a Bearded Tit at the Oyster Farm.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

October 14th
On a sunny, mild but increasingly breezy morning we had a ringing session south of the railway. Between 0620 and 1020 we recorded 1 Little Owl, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Redwings, 1 Grey Partridge, 110 Chaffinches, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Greylag Geese, 3 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldcrests, 14 Song Thrushes, 13 Mute Swans, 6 Corn Buntings, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Swallows W, 1 Tree Sparrow, 69 Golden Plovers, 45 Goldfinches, 40 Reed Buntings, 2 Kestrels, 68 Skylarks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Siskins, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail and 35 Linnets.

Birds ringed 30: Goldcrest 1, Wren 1, Robin 1, Reed Bunting 14, Chaffinch 4, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 2, Tree Sparrow 1, Dunnock 2, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 1.

Tree Sparrow


Derek Smith completed his usual walk from Shuart and along the railway embankment and counted 11 Wigeon, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jays, 1,200 Starlings W, 1 Kingfisher, 41 Skylarks W, 14 Meadow Pipits W, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker W, 4 Stonechats, 2 Bearded Tits W, 14 Greenfinches W, 17 Redpoll W, 36 Siskins W, 69 Goldfinches W, 1,606 Chaffinches W, 1 Brambling W, 1 Tree Sparrow, 7 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 24 Chiffchaffs, 19 Goldcrests and 7 Reed Buntings.
 
Male Bearded Tit

Painted Lady