Monday 26 February 2024

February 26th

Matt arrived at Reculver at 0710 and spent three hours seawatching from the Towers in a north-easterly gale. He counted 160 Common Scoter on the sea, 389 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Gannet, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Kittiwakes E, 16 Common Gulls E, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls E, 33 Great Black-backed Gulls E and 1 second winter Caspian Gull E. He also saw a second winter Iceland Gull flying E towards the car park and then either flying back W or inland (126th). This is only the ninth Iceland Gull to be recorded in the area and the first since 19th April 2009.

Sunday 25 February 2024

February 25th

This morning began sunny with a heavy frost and ended cloudy and rainy as we walked at Reculver and saw 15 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Herons, 8 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Chaffinches, 50 Linnets, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kestrel, 6 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes and 20 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Saturday 24 February 2024

February 24th

It was a beautiful, frosty and sunny morning as we walked out on to the Marsh at 0800. We recorded 10 Mallard, 19 Mute Swans, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 80 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 18 Chaffinches, 20 Linnets, 2 Grey Partridges, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Skylarks, 10 Reed Buntings, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Coot, 2 Shelduck, 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorants and 2 Grey Herons.

Great Crested Grebe


Friday 23 February 2024

February 23rd

This morning dawned bright and breezy so we decided to walk from Reculver to Coldharbour. Birds we saw included 310 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck flying W, 1 male Tufted Duck flying W, 3 Goldfinches, 59 Linnets, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Buntings, 13 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank, 6 Mallard, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Stonechats, 2 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plovers and 2 Turnstone.

Ringed Plover
 

Matt was also out and walked from Netherhale to Brooksend and on to Shuart. He counted 7 Common Buzzards, 18 Greylag Geese, 30 Tufted Ducks, 45 Chaffinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 6 Grey Herons, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Raven, 7 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Jay, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Water Rail, 58 Lapwings, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Kestrels, 3 Stonechats, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 20 Coot, 4 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 15 Teal and 1 Black Redstart.

Thursday 22 February 2024

February 22nd

On a damp and breezy morning we walked inland at Reculver and saw 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaffs, 13 Coot, 2 Grey Herons, 4 Mallard, 14 Cormorants, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Tufted Duck x Ring-necked Duck hybrid, 12 Gadwall, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebes, 13 Chaffinches and 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Blackthorn blossom


Tuesday 20 February 2024

February 20th

This morning Matt walked from Shuart and along the railway embankment to Coldharbour and Plumpudding where we met up with him having walked in from Minnis Bay. Between us we saw 2 Green Woodpeckers, 22 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Stonechats, 33 Lapwings, 1 Canada Goose, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Redwings, 2 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebes, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 18 Curlew, 75 Turnstone, 50 Dunlin, 120 Grey Plovers, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 160 Oystercatchers, 30 Sanderling, 2 Bearded Tits, 55 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Raven, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 1 Rock Pipit.

Redshank roosting at Plumpudding


Monday 19 February 2024

February 19th

There was not a great deal to be seen at Reculver this morning as we walked up to Coldharbour, just 199 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 11 Mute Swans, 16 Meadow Pipits, 11 Linnets, 6 Mallard, 1 Redshank, 2 Teal, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 51 Carrion Crows and 2 Oystercatchers. We also found a group of what appear to be Field Blewits growing beside the seawall near Coldharbour.

Field Blewits

Saturday 17 February 2024

February 17th

This morning we walked out onto the Marsh and recorded 2 Kestrels, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 56 Linnets, 85 Stock Doves, 16 Chaffinches, 1 Redwing, 120 Rooks, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 400 Starlings, 14 Mute Swans, 3 Skylarks, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Corn Bunting, 18 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Coot, 11 Cormorants, 12 Blackbirds, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck and 2 Stonechats. 

Reculver Marshes, Roman Fort and Towers

Derek Smith was also out this morning and from 0730 walked from Shuart along the railway embankment and back by way of Chamber's Wall and Plumpudding. He recorded 7 Little Grebes, 450 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Common Scoter E, 2 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Marsh Harriers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail, 3 Jays, 12 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, 4 Stonechats, 4 Bearded Tits, 15 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Yellowhammers.

Friday 16 February 2024

February 16th

It was another surprisingly mild morning as we arrived at Reculver just after the overnight rain had moved through east. We walked up to Coldharbour and saw 1 Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtails, 650 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 32 Meadow Pipits, 19 Linnets, 4 Ringed Plovers, 5 Mallard, 4 Redshank, 9 Oystercatchers, 17 Corn Buntings, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Turnstone, 3 Golden Plovers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Stonechat, 4 Snipe and 22 Stock Doves.

Cormorant


Thursday 15 February 2024

February 15th

With a mild, southerly breeze blowing this morning and the tide going out we walked along the seawall from Reculver to Coldharbour. Birds we saw included 660 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Ravens, one on the Towers and the other being mobbed by Carrion Crows out on the Marsh, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Corn Buntings, 2 Turnstone, 24 Oystercatchers, 1 Shelduck, 58 Carrion Crows, 8 Mallard, 13 Meadow Pipits, 1 Great Northern Diver (125th), 3 Golden Plovers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe and 9 Goldfinches.

Mallard beginning to pair up

Distant Great Northern Diver


Wednesday 14 February 2024

February 14th

On a damp and breezy morning we had walks at Netherhale and Shuart. At Netherhale we saw 14 Greylag Geese, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cattle Egret roosting in a tree in the horse paddock, 6 Goldfinches and 22 Chaffinches. At Shuart we recorded 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 48 Goldfinches, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 25 Linnets, 2 Mallard, 16 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 1 Common Buzzard and on the drive home we saw a Raven flying over the fields at Brook Farm.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

February 13th

This morning we walked on the Marsh and saw 17 Mallard, 2 Chiffchaffs, 17 Coot, 6 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebes, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Tufted Duck x Ring-necked Duck hybrid, 2 Stonechats, 1 Kestrel, 5 Song Thrushes singing and 1 Mistle Thrush.

Monday 12 February 2024

February 12th

The morning began at 0530 when we heard a Long-eared Owl call three times from our garden at Bishoptone. 

It was a beautiful winter's morning as we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour where we met Matt who had walked in from Shuart. Anne and I recorded 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Avocets flying E (124th), 580 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 15 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull flying W, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Stonechats, 11 Mallard, 5 Meadow Pipits, 4 Reed Buntings, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Corn Bunting, 10 Linnets, 6 Oystercatchers, 1 Skylark singing, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Shelduck, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Snipe.

In addition, Matt recorded 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 8 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Woodcock, 2 Stonechats, 1 Common Buzzard, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Lapwings, 22 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebes and 1 Chiffchaff.

Sunday 11 February 2024

February 11th

On a calm morning, the threatened rain did not materialise as we walked out on to the Marsh at Reculver. We counted 24 Mute Swans, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylarks, 1 Stonechat, 10 Mallard, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 65 Stock Doves, 105 Linnets, 85 Fieldfares, 70 Chaffinches, 6 Yellowhammers, 3 Corn Buntings, 27 Reed Buntings, 10 Goldfinches, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Cormorants, 31 Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Ducks and 2 Teal. 

A five minute look at the flat, calm sea on the way home produced 14 Red-throated Divers flying E, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 60 Common Scoter on the sea out by the green buoy.

Saturday 10 February 2024

February 10th

We were back birding at Reculver this morning and on a glorious winter's morning walked up to Coldharbour and back. We counted 23 Great Crested Grebes, 760 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 9 Mute Swans, 1 Redshank, 23 Mallard, 1 Corn Bunting singing, 16 Linnets, 17 Meadow Pipits, 1 Grey Heron, 21 Oystercatchers, 2 Skylarks singing, 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Stonechat, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 1+ Bearded Tits.

Derek Smith walked from Shuart along the embankment and on to Coldharbour and Plumpudding between 1100 and 1330. He saw 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Canade Geese with 3 hybrids, 18 diver sp. flying E, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Egrets, 8 Grey Herons, 2 Gadwall, 1 Golden Plover, 25 Curlew, 14 Redwing, 2 Stonechats, 14 Cetti's Warlers and 26 Long-tailed Tits.

Interesting pose of a Little Egret - Derek Smith