Tuesday, 18 September 2018

September 18th
With a strong SW wind blowing this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour there was a strong westerly movement of hirundines. In one hour we counted 600 House Martins, 28 Swallows and 3 Sand Martins. Other birds we saw included 1 Green Woodpecker, 17 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat, 42 Mallard, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Little Egrets, 7 Turnstone, 3 Redshank, 4 Sandwich Terns, 1 Greenshank, a tight flock of 17 Little Terns flying W, 9 Oystercatchers, 12 Linnets, 1 Kestrel and a flock of 19 Knot flying W.

Monday, 17 September 2018

September 17th
We spent an increasingly mild morning ringing at Shuart and recorded 3 Green Woodpeckers, 14 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Turtle Dove, 4 Red-legged Partridges, 6 Greenfinches, 22 Lapwings W, 8 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Jay, 2 Sedge Warblers, 4 Siskins W, 15 Swallows, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 18 House Martins and 1 Kestrel.

Birds ringed 25: Wren 1, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 8, Blackcap 7, Robin 3, Blue Tit 2, Sedge Warbler 2, Blackbird 1.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

September 16th
Matt arrived at Reculver at 0630 and walked to Minnis Bay and back to Chamber's Wall car park via the railway embankment. He counted 46 Chiffchaffs, 15 Sandwich Terns, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 25 Greylag Geese, 5 Little Egrets, 9 Grey Herons, 1 Green Sandpiper, 73 Mallard, 270 House Martins, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Stonechats, 2 Whinchats, 2 Golden Plovers, 150 Linnets, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Wigeon, 89 Oystercatchers, 75 Swallows, 20 Common Terns, 4 Black Terns, 5 Kestrels, 2 Dunlin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Sand Martins, 1 Hobby, 1 Turtle Dove, 11 Grey Partridges and 1 Willow Warbler.
Later on our walk from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour we recorded 1 Grey Heron, 46 Lapwings, 16 Chiffchaffs, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 8 Meadow Pipits W, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 33 Mallard, 2 Dunlin, 1 Swallow, 6 Wigeon, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Gadwall, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Stonechats and 25 House Martins.

Stonechat
Chris Tedder had a walk from Reculver to the Oyster Farm this afternoon. Amongst other birds she saw were 1 Kingfisher, 9 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Herons, 7 Mute Swans, 11 Swallows W, 1 House Martins W, 9 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, 10 Sandwich Terns W, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plovers, 5 Turnstone, 8 Redshank, 1 Oystercatchers, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Short-eared Owls, 1 Little Owl, 4 Kestrels and 1 Grey Partridge.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Chris Tedder

Saturday, 15 September 2018

September 15th
We spent a sunny morning ringing at Reculver and saw 13 Chiffchaffs, 2 Green Sandpipers, 12 Swallows, 2 Kestrels, 30 Blackcaps, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Jays, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Sparrowhawks, 70 House Martins, 9 Lapwings, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobbies W, 10 Mute Swans, 10 Wigeon, 1 Mallard, 8 Long-tailed Tits and 1 Kingfisher.

Birds ringed 47: Long-tailed Tit 1, Chiffchaff 7, Goldcrest 1, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 24, Cetti's Warbler 1, Robin 2, Chaffinch 1, Blue Tit 2, Reed Warbler 1, Dunnock 3, Song Thrush 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1.

Robin

Friday, 14 September 2018

September 14th
We spent the morning ringing at Shuart where we saw 4 Red-legged Partridges, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 12 Blackcaps, 1 Snipe, 90 Lapwings, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Siskin W, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 36 Swallows, 11 Greenfinches, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail W, 110 House Martins, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Birds ringed 20: Chiffchaff 3, Willow Warbler 1, Wren 1, Blackcap 8, Cetti's Warbler 1, Robin 1, Whitethroat 2, Reed Warbler 1, Greenfinch 1, Blackbird 1.


Chiffchaff
This afternoon we had a walk inland at Reculver and recorded 2 Jays, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaffs, 12 Mute Swans, 8 Wigeon, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Blackcap.
While we were doing this Matt walked the Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and Green Wall loop. He saw 1 Firecrest, 1 "continental" Song Thrush, 10 Chiffchaffs, 20 Sandwich Terns, 3 Golden Plovers, 200 House Martins W, 50 Swallows W, 1 Sand Martin W, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Chris Tedder paid a visit to Reculver after work and had a walk to the end of the Oyster Farm. When she arrived there was a steady stream of Swallows flying W numbering 650 and amongst them were 8 Sand Martins and 1 House Martins. Other birds she saw included 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egrets, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 5 Grey Herons, 110 Linnets, 12 Sandwich Terns W, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 8 Wigeon W, 2 Short-eared Owls and 1 Marsh Harrier. There was also a Common Seal close inshore.

Short-eared Owl - Chris Tedder

Common Seal - Chris Tedder

Thursday, 13 September 2018

September 13th
On a beautiful early autumn morning we walked from Reculver to the Green Wall and back and recorded 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Little Owl, 2 Kingfishers, 19 Mute Swans, 45 House Sparrows, 26 Linnets, 19 Redshank, 6 Goldfinches, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Wheatear, 13 Cormorants, 5 Oystercatchers, 8 Meadow Pipits W, 3 Sandwich Terns, 9 Turnstone, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Shelduck W, 1 Kestrel and 1 Chiffchaff.
Derek Smith spent another day out at the eastern end of the Marsh visiting Shuart, Plumpudding, the Embankment, Chamber's Wall, Coldharbour, Netherhale and Brooksend. There were more birds about than yesterday and he counted 12 Common Buzzards, 1 Marsh Harrier, 14 Kestrels, 6 Sandwich Terns, 10 Grey Partridges, 1 Grey Wagtail W, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 52 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 3 Corn Buntings.

Spotted Flycatcher - Derek Smith

Pied Flycatcher - Derek Smith

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

September 12th
Derek Smith was out all day between 0830 and 1730 and covered the whole eastern half of the Marsh, east of a line from Coldharbour to Chamber's Wall and Wagtail Farm. He found it hard going but did manage to count 3 Little Egrets, 4 Common Buzzards, including one with a white rump!, 2 Sparrowhawks, 8 Kestrels, 1 Little Grebe, 22 Sanderling, 300 Swallows, 2 Yellow Wagtails E, 1 Wheatear, 17 Blackcaps, 44 Chiffchaffs, 6 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Wheatear - Derek Smith

Chris Tedder had a walk along the seawall to the end of the Oyster Farm and back today before heading into work this afternoon. Her highlight was an Osprey (173rd) that came in off the sea heading SSW at 1234. Amongst other birds she saw were 5 Pied Wagtails, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Common Sandpipers, 8 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 10 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, 55 Swallows W, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Wheatears and 1 Purple Sandpiper (174th).

Osprey - Chris Tedder

On a dull and overcast afternoon we walked along the seawall fro Reculver and saw 1 Common Buzzard, 8 Swallows flying W, 9 Cormorants, 7 Mute Swans, 7 Little Egrets, 2 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 juvenile Gannet flying E, 13 Mallard and 2 Wheatears.

Preening Cormorant