Saturday, 20 April 2019

April 20th
This morning we had intended to walk from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and along the seawall but as we were half way between the railway and the seawall we received a call from Marc Heath to say that there was a Grasshopper Warbler (150th) singing south of the railway. By the time we got there it had stopped singing and had probably moved on south but we were rewarded by finding a superb male Pied Flycatcher (151st) which spent about five minutes living up to its name before moving on.


Male Pied Flycatcher

Other birds we saw included 2 Blackcaps, 11 Whitethroats, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Mediterranean Gulls E, 2 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Linnets, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Swallows.
Next we visited Shuart and recorded 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
On the way home we dropped in at Reculver and saw 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Whitehroat, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mallard, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Jays.
On his early morning walk from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Green Wall in addition to the Grasshopper Warbler, Marc recorded 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, 6 Red-legged Partridges, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Greylag Geese, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Jays, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Skylarks, 15 Whitethroats, 5 Reed Warblers, 14 Sedge Warblers, 4 Grey Partridges, 28 Mediterranean Gulls E, 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 5 Reed Buntings, 3 Marsh Harriers, 5 Shelduck, 3 Swallows, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Curlew, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Corn Bunting and 1 Kestrel.

Mediterranean Gulls - Marc Heath

Between 0730 and 1300 Derek Smith and Kerry McDonnell birded from Shuart, along the embankment to Coldharbour and back via Netherhale. They saw 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose W, 1 Eider, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Common Buzzards, 52 Mediterranean Gulls W, 2 Common Terns, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel W, 3 Cuckoos, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 6 Song Thrushes N, 1 Redwing N, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Common Redstart, 38 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 36 Whitethroats, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, 18 Blackcaps, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Coal Tit (152nd) moving W along the railway embankment and 8 Corn Buntings.
Julian and Alex Perry found 2 Red Kites at Potten Street this morning.

Red Kite - Alex Perry

Friday, 19 April 2019

April 19th
It was immediately apparent as we arrived at Chamber's Wall this morning that there had been an overnight arrival of Whitethroats and in our walk from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall we counted 18 singing males.

Male Whitethroat

Other birds we encountered included 1 Jay, 14 Linnets, 7 Reed Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, 4 Goldfinches, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Mediterranean Gulls E, 2 Gannets E, 8 Oystercatchers, 6 Ringed Plovers, 2 Greylag Geese W, 4 Swallows W, 12 Corn Buntings, 12 Sedge Warblers, 10 Mute Swans, 1 Greenshank W (146th), 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Common Buzzards and 1 Willow Warbler.
Marc Heath did a similar walk but earlier arriving at Chamber's Wall at 0545 and recorded 2 Red-legged Partridges, 5 Skylarks, 50 Cormorants, 2 Reed Warblers, 10 Whitethroats, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, 30 Corn Buntings, 1 male Whinchat (147th), 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 Shelduck, 9 Mute Swans, 10 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Swallow, 1 Redshank, 2 Stonechats, 5 Reed Buntings, 1 Wheatear, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers, 2 Greenshank W, 1 Marsh Harriers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (148th) and 1 Merlin.
Derek Smith covered the eastern half of the Marsh between 0730 and 1200 walking from Shuart to Chamber's Wall and back via Plumpudding and Brooksend. Birds he saw included 18 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 32 Whitethroats, 37 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, 14 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Cetti's Warblers and 9 Corn Buntings.
Nick Keen was also out this morning and found 3 Ring Ouzels, 2 males and 1 female, together by the White Populars, 1 Cuckoo (149th) calling at the rear of the Oyster Farm, 1 Fulmar, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 150+ Sanderling, 40+ Corn Buntings, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Reed Warbler and 10+ Sedge Warblers.
During the afternoon at Shuart, Marc Heath saw a male Brambling and a Brimstone butterfly.

Brimstone - Marc Heath

Thursday, 18 April 2019

April 18th
It was another beautiful morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to the Oyster Farm and there were some decent birds to be seen. We recorded 3 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 1 male Ring Ouzel in a field at Chamber's Wall (143rd), 8 Goldfinches, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Mallard, 11 Sedge Warblers, 6 Song Thrushes, 47 Corn Buntings, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Shelduck, 6 Ringed Plovers, 11 Oystercatchers, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Green Sandpipers.
From Coldharbour we added 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Redshank, 6 Wheatears on the beach, 25 Turnstone, 19 MediterraneanGulls flying E, 2 Whimbrel (144th), 1 Jay on the seawall, 2 Common Terns W, 4 Sandwich Terns W, 1 Curlew, 20 Meadow Pipits, 1 Little Ringed Plover flying W calling (145th), 1 White Wagtail, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Common Buzzard.

Male Ring Ouzel at Chamber's Wall

6 Mediterranean Gulls and 1 Black-headed Gull flying east

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

April 17th
On a beautiful spring morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back along the railway embankment and Green Wall. We counted 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Little Egrets, 41 Mediterranean Gulls flying high E in groups of up to 9, 10 Oystercatchers, 39 Linnets, 3 Grey Herons, 13 Mallard, 4 Shelduck, 2 Stonechats, 8 Ringed Plovers, 4 Redshank, 13 Turnstone, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Grey Plover, 12 Sedge Warblers, 79 Corn Buntings, 11 Common Scoter E, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 immature male Eider back after its recent trip to Swalecliffe and Seasalter, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Coot, 1 Jay, 2 Tufted Duck and 12 Sand Martins.

Male Whitethroat

Derek Smith walked from Shuart and along the embankment and then on to Coldharbour and Plumpudding between 0700 and 1030. He saw 2 Common Buzzards, 52 Mediterranean Gulls E, 4 Song Thrushes,  1 male Common Redstart on the railway embankment at Chamber's Wall, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Whitethroats, 32 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcaps, 4 Willow Warblers, 16 Chiffchaffs and 7 Cetti's Warblers.

Male Common Redstart - Derek Smith

This afternoon a short walk inland at Reculver produced 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Mute Swans, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Coot, 3 Mallard, 1 Jay and 2 Grey Partridges.
Chris Tedder was also out and walked from Reculver to Chamber's Wall and recorded 1 Fulmar E, 5 Sandwich Terns E, 3 Gannets E, 7 Swallows E, 1 Yellow Wagtail in off the sea and 1 Firecrest at Chamber's Wall.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

April 16th
It was a much better morning both weatherwise and birdwise as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and on to the Oyster Farm. We counted 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldfinches, 22 Corn Buntings, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Sedge Warblers, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Mallard, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 8 Oystercatchers, 6 Mediterranean Gulls E, 1 Coot, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Fulmar E, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 28 Sanderling, 14 Linnets, 2 Shelduck, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Swallow, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler (140th) and 1 Willow Warbler.

Male Tufted Duck

Sandwich Terns

Marc Heath was out before us and between 0600 and 1000 he walked from Reculver to Plumpudding and back. He counted 3 Blackcaps, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridges, 41 Sand Martins, 1 Common Sandpiper (141st) on the rocks below the Towers, 3 Canada Geese (142nd) on the sea before flying E, 15 Linnets, 10 Stock Doves, 6 Mute Swans, 14 Redshank, 10 Oystercatchers, 7 Ringed Plovers, 14 Mallard, 9 Skylarks, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Shelduck. He also saw 11 Reed Buntings, 1 Little Egret, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears, 11 Sedge Warblers, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Grey Heron, 40 Corn Buntings, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Short-eared Owls and 2 Sandwich Terns.

Monday, 15 April 2019

April 15th
Although it was a little bit warmer and the sun was shining this morning there was still a chilly, blustery SE wind blowing. We began by walking from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back around the Green Wall and recorded 5 Goldfinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Coot, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Mallard, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Turnstone, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Stonechat, 7 Skylarks and 1 Swallow.
On the way home, at Reculver, we saw 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Jay, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Mute Swans and 2 Gadwall.

Ringed Plover

Sunday, 14 April 2019

April 14th
We began the morning by walking from Shuart to the sea and saw 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Greylag Geese W, 1 Marsh Harrier, 20 House Sparrows, 5 Corn Buntings, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Swallow.
Later at Reculver we counted 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Grey Partridges, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Jays, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 9 Stock Doves, 3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Swallow and 1 Sparrowhawk. It's still very slow!
Marc Heath was also out this morning and between 0600 and 0900 and walked from Reculver to Chamber's Wall. He recorded 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Turnsone, 3 Redshank, 12 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Shelduck, 8 Reed Buntings, 4 Sedge Warblers, 27 Corn Buntings, 10 Cormorants, 4 Common Scoter E, 3 Marsh Harriers, 5 Skylarks, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Swallows, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 14 Common Gulls flying E.
In addition Julian Perry found a Common Whitethroat (139th) in a bush by the Green Wall this morning.