Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 12th
On a freezing but sunny morning we left our house to the sound of Redwings flying over and drove to Chamber's Wall. We then walked out to Coldharbour and saw 14 Redwings, 7 Red-legged Partridges, 25 Blackbirds, 11 Fieldfares, 166 Lapwings flying W, 66 Corn Buntings, 8 Gadwall, 76 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 76 Carrion Crows, 35 Reed Buntings, 234 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Linnets, 13 Skylarks, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Stonechats, 15 Goldfinches, 37 Oystercatchers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 12 Shelduck, 1 Sanderling, 12 Wigeon, 4 Dunlin, 85 Grey Plovers, 60 House Sparrows, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Chaffinches and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Goldfinch

Monday, 11 December 2017

December 11th
On another foul morning with a freezing easterly gale and heavy wintry rain we spent 80 minutes at the Towers in what shelter we could find but did not see at great deal. All birds were flying E into the wind and we counted 550 Cormorants, 1 Common Scoter, 87 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 159 Oystercatchers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 4 Kittiwakes, 1 Gannet, 1 Great Skua and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December 10th
This morning, in the snow at Reculver, Matt found 1 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Chiffchaff.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

December 9th
On a sunny and frosty morning we did the six kilometre walk from Shuart to Brooksend and Plumpudding and back to Shuart. We saw 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrests, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Kestrels, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Sparrowhawks, 17 Lapwings, 30 Chaffinches, 20 Linnets, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Fieldfares, 6 Little Grebes, 43 Mute Swans, 38 Golden Plovers, 332 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Stonechat, 20 Oystercatchers, 5 Common Scoter and 2 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Friday, 8 December 2017

December 8th
Although it was sunny this morning there was a brisk and cold WNW wind blowing. We began by spending 45 minutes at the Towers where we counted 208 Dark-bellied Brent Geese E, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Red-throated Divers W, 1 Great Northern Diver W, 1 Peregrine, 3 Great Skuas W, 9 Golden Plover W, 1 Curlew and 700 Cormorants.
Next we walked along the railway embankment from Chamber's Wall to Shuart before dropping in at Reculver on the way home. We saw 5 Redwings, 22 Blackbirds, 7 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 8 Fieldfares, 41 Mute Swans, 2 Stonechats, 1 immature Goosander and 2 Common Buzzards.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

December 7th
With Storm Caroline bringing gale force SW winds and rain this morning we visited one or two sheltered spots at Reculver and Shuart. Most birds appeared to be keeping a low profile but we did manage to see 1 Jay, 1 immature Goosander, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Redwings, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrels, 14 Mute Swans, 2 Red-legged Partridges and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

December 6th
Another quiet morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and saw 1 Kestrel, 18 Redwings, 2 Goldcrests, 12 Blackbirds, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Fieldfares, 21 Corn Buntings, 18 Chaffinches, 39 Mallard, 15 Reed Buntings, 1 Grey Partridge, 20 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 28 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Plovers, 2 Redshank, 8 Shelduck, 13 Goldfinches, 1 Stonechat, 1 Curlew, 85 Carrion Crows, 55 House Sparrows, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 immature Goosander, 15 Mute Swans and 1 Bullfinch.