Friday, 20 April 2018

April 20th
The fabulous weather continued this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Oyster Farm and we counted 9 Whitethroats, 11 Sedge Warblers, 9 Goldfinches, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 9 Mallard, 1 Greenshank, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank, 3 Shelduck, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Wheatears, 1 Red Kite W, 2 Ringed Plovers, 8 Skylarks, 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling at Coldharbour, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 16 Mute Swans and 1 Swallow.
We also met Bob Hinge who had just seen a Hobby (150th).


Wheatear

Thursday, 19 April 2018

April 19th
On another glorious spring morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and then along the seawall to the Oyster Farm before visiting Reculver. Birds we saw included 2 Song Thrushes, 8 Sedge Warblers, 1 Redpoll, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Goldfinches, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 17 Linnets, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Shelduck, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 8 Mallard, 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Greenshank (149th), 2 Redshank, 1 Mediterranaean Gull, 8 Skylarks, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Shoveler, 1 Turnstone, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 14 Mute Swans, 4 Tufted Duck and 1 Common Buzzard.

Sedge Warbler
 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

April 18th
Before he met us at Reculver Matt dropped into Shuart where he found 2 Ring Ouzels and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. At Reculver we walked to Coldharbour and then back along the railway embankment and Oyster Farm. We counted 3 Pied Wagtails, 24 Linnets, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 very pale and white looking Redpoll flying E along the seawall, 12 Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, 11 Oystercatchers, 4 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 1 Swallow, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Reed Warbler (147th), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (148th), 5 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 4 Whimbrel E, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Mute Swans and 2 Coot.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

April 17th
Matt had a brief walk at Shuart before he met us at Chamber's Wall and saw 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Hawfinches W (146th), 2 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Common Buzzard.
From Chamber's Wall we then walked along the railway embankment to Plumpudding before returning along the seawall and then visiting Reculver on the way home. We saw 7 Goldfinches, 4 Blackcaps, 51 Linnets, 14 Chiffchaffs, 9 Sedge Warblers, 7 Whitethroats, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 alba Wagtails W, 2 Marsh Harriers, 7 Mallard, 16 Mute Swans, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Swallows, 4 Red Kites W, 32 Oystercatchers, 2 Sandwich Terns, 6 Ringed Plovers, 12 Meadow Pipits W, 3 Sand Martins, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 13 Skylarks, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Corn Buntings, 2 Coot, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Kestrel.
During the morning other Red Kites flew W at Hillborough and Bishopstone.

Monday, 16 April 2018

April 16th
Matt was out early at Shuart where he saw 8 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Common Buzzards.
We then met him at Reculver and we walked up to Coldharbour and back around the railway embankment and Green Wall before walking inland. Birds we saw included 4 Pied Wagtails, 7 Shelduck, 25 Linnets, 3 Little Egrets, 20 Goldfinches W, 4 Mediterranean Gulls E, 2 Redshank, 5 Whitethroats, 4 Mallards, 4 Oystercatchers, 5 Sedge Warblers, 11 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel (144th), 1 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers, 23 Mute Swans, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Redpoll W and 1 Coot.
We also found at least 20 Black Oil Beetles along the embankment behind the Oyster Farm.

Black Oil Beetle

This afternoon we spent an hour at the Towers and counted 120 Sanderling roosting on one of the groynes, 9 Sandwich Terns, 20 Swallows W, 6 Meadow Pipits W, 12 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Red-throated Divers, 4 Mediterranean Gulls W, 1 Rook and 3 Carrion Crows in off and 6 House Martins W (145th).
Marc Heath had a Red Kite flying W over Reculver School at 1325.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

April 15th
Matt was out this morning and walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall and saw 7 Sedge Warblers, 2 Cettis Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Marsh Harriers, 1 Firecrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 45 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 6 Turnstone, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Sandwich Tern, 3 White Wagtails, 4 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Chiffchaff and 6 Corn Buntings.
We completed a similar walk this afternoon and recorded 6 Mallard, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Linnets, 1 male Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 13 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Sedge Warblers and 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Turnstone
April 7th-14th   Poland and Slovakia
Matt and Marion and Anne and I have just spent a week birding and sightseeing in Poland and Slovakia. The weather was excellent with sunshine and warm temperatures and migration had just begun. We saw a good range of species including Black Storks, Lesser Spotted Eagles, Eastern Imperial Eagle, lots of Caspian Gulls along the rivers, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Grey-headed, Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, Collared Flycatchers and Penduline Tits.

The High Tatras
Spis Castle



Auschwitz


Lesser Spotted Eagle

Penduline Tit

Willow Tit

Black Stork

Hoopoe