Thursday, 15 November 2018

November 15th
It was overcast and still this morning as we walked from a very muddy Chamber's Wall up to Coldharbour and recorded 54 Chaffinches, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Redwings, 1 Firecrest, 8 Blackbirds, 4 Mute Swans, 1 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat, 15 Reed Buntings, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Coot, 1 Snipe, 1 Corn Bunting and 1 Golden Plover.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

November 14th
On another quiet morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour in bright sunshine and with the tide going out. We saw 175 Cormorants, 17 Redshank, 29 Ringed Plovers, 1 Lapwing in off the sea, 2 Grey Herons, 14 Oustercatchers, 5 Turnstone, 4 Mute Swans, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Mallard, 42 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Pied Wagtails and 1 Common Buzzard.

First winter Grey Heron

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

November 13th
After yesterday's excitement today was a normal mid November morning. With the sun shining we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and saw 7 Pied Wagtails, 1 Kingfisher, 46 Goldfinches, 27 Ringed Plovers, 12 Redshank, 28 Meadow Pipits, 22 Oystercatchers, 2 Turnstone, 3 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 61 Cormorants, 4 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat and 1 Black Redstart on the fence by the sluice at Reculver.

Juvenile Herring Gull killing and eating a fish

Monday, 12 November 2018

November 12th - Species number 305 for Reculver Area
On a showery and overcast morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour. There has been major engineering works on the railway at Chamber's Wall over the weekend and all the lorries and machinery used have made the car park and track leading up to the railway into a quagmire.
It is still pretty quiet but we managed to see 4 Goldfinches, 16 Chaffinches, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Coot, 7 Fieldfares, 10 Reed Buntings, 7 Oystercatchers, 1 Curlew, 7 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 15 Turnstone, 17 Ringed Plovers, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Golden Plover and 1 Kestrel.
I received a call from Matt at about 1315 to say that he had found a Pallid Swift (190th) flying about over Reculver. I drove down as quickly as I could to find it still performing over an area from the Towers to the caravan park and the Blue Dolphin pub. It remained in this area until dusk and may very well have roosted on the Towers or a nearby building. This is the 305th species to be recorded in the Reculver area.

Pallid Swift

Sunday, 11 November 2018

November 11th
We didn't venture out until after lunch when most of the heavy rain had moved through. On our walk from Reculver to Coldharbour there were more dogs and people than birds! All we saw were 2 Goldcrests, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Blackbirds.

Pied Wagtail

Saturday, 10 November 2018

November 10th
After heavy overnight rain we walked from Chamber's Wall, along the seawall and on to Shuart. We saw 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Fieldfares, 13 Blackbirds, 5 Goldcrests, 1 female Merlin, 45 Cormorants, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Stonechat, 3 Mallard, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 40 Reed Buntings, 18 Meadow Pipits, 4 Dunlin, 8 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 32 Mute Swans, 1 Sparrowhawk, 14 Skylarks, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Friday, 9 November 2018

November 9th
It was relatively quiet this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to the railway embankment and on to the Green Wall and Coldharbour. We saw 13 Blackbirds, 23 Chaffinches, 3 Redwings, 256 Cormorants, 13 Goldfinches, 1 Golden Plover, 42 Mallard, 7 Redshank, 33 Oystercatchers, 1 Dunlin, 2 Curlews, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Coot, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 4 Pied Wagtails and 1 Kestrel.

First winter Goldfinch feeding on Smooth Sow-thistle seeds

Matt walked from Reculver along the seawall and saw 1 Black Redstart, 1 Merlin, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Kingfiaher, 2 Rock Pipits and 5 Goldcrests.