Tuesday, 17 July 2018

July 17th
Although still sunny and warm there was a refreshing NW breeze blowing this morning as we walked along the seawall from Reculver to Coldharbour. We counted 3 Whitethroats, 10 Little Egrets, 8 Swallows W, 18 Linnets, 8 Redshank, 26 Mediterranean Gulls, 287 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Ringed Plovers, 2 Grey Herons, 8 Oystercatchers, 1 Kestrel, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 11 Mallard, 5 Turnstones, 1 Curlew and 46 Carrion Crows.

Ringed Plover

Moulting adult Mediterranean Gull

Monday, 16 July 2018

July 16th
On another hot morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and then on to the Oyster Farm lagoons. Birds we saw included 6 Mallard, 6 Whitethroats, 4 Goldfinches, 23 Linnets, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Skylarks, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatchers, 52 Carrion Crows, 8 Ringed Plovers, 4 Redshank, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Little Egrets, 16 Meadow Pipits, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Swalloows, 2 Sand Martins and 1 Greenshank.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

July 15th
We spent a sunny and warm morning ringing on the Marsh south of the railway where we saw 1 Swift, 2 Greenfinches, 20 Linnets, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 25 Whitethroats, 24 Sedge Warblers, including a French ringed bird, 8 Goldfinches, 3 Blackcaps, 21 Mallard flying S, 10 Reed Warblers, 2 Grey Herons, 2 juvenile Coal Tits (168th), 1 Kestrel and 1 Common Buzzard.

Birds ringed 65: Wren 1, Sedge Warbler 16, Yellow Wagtail 1, Whitethroat 21, Reed Warbler 7, Reed Bunting 6, Linnet 4, Goldfinch 1, Blackcap 1, Great Tit 1, Coal Tit 2, Blue Tit 1, Blackbird 3.

Juvenile Yellow Wagtail

Juvenile Coal Tit

Saturday, 14 July 2018

July 14th
It was bright and sunny with the tide out this morning as we walked from Minnis Bay to Reculver. Birds we saw included 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 21 Linnets, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Oystercatchers, 6 Little Egrets, 7 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 immature Gannet floating offshore with fishing net tangled around its neck, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Swift W.

Friday, 13 July 2018

July 13th
We spent a quiet morning ringing at Shuart and saw 4 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 1 Sparrowhawk, 39 Goldfinches, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Green Woodpeckers.

Birds ringed 15: Wren 2, Chiffchaff 1, Reed Warbler 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Robin 1, Blackcap 3, Whitethroat 1, Great Tit 2, Goldfinch 1, Dunnock 1.

Chicory

On a sunny afternoon we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and recorded 2 Grey Herons, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 44 Carrion Crows, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatchers and 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

July 12th
We spent another overcast morning ringing at Reculver where we saw 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Blackcaps, 3 Jays, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Jay, 2 Kestrels, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Birds ringed 15: Wren 1, Treecreeper 1, Blackcap 8, Reed Warbler 1, Blue Tit 1, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 2.

Juvenile Treecreeper

Derek Smith was also out this morning between 0900 and 1200 and walked from Shuart to Plumpudding and saw 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Curlews, 3 Whimbrel and 3 Turtle Doves.

Essex Skipper - Derek Smith

After lunch we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and found 2 Whitethroats, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatchers, 6 Linnets, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

July 11th
It was another dull and breezy morning as we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and recorded 12 Linnets, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 4 Grey Herons, 4 Redshank, 6 Little Egrets, 7 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Stonechats, a male, female and juvenile, 2 Lapwings W, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 290 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Gannet E, 1 Mallard and 2 Sandwich Terns.