Friday, 14 May 2021

May 14th

It felt more like February than May this morning with overcast conditions and a cold northerly wind blowing in off the sea. On our walk from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Oyster Farm lagoons we saw 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 7 Linnets, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Mallard, 6 Oystercatchers, 4 Stonechats, one male and three juveniles, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Tern, 3 Lapwings, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grasshopper Warbler heard and seen and 3 Cuckoos.

Male Stonechat


Thursday, 13 May 2021

May 13th

It was dull and showery this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to the Oyster Farm lagoons and counted 10 Whitethroats, 10 Mallard, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Cuckoos, 5 Swallows, 11 Linnets, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 6 Oystercatchers, 3 Stonechats, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Ringed Plovers, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Shelduck, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Corn Bunting and 5 Goldfinches.

Juvenile Stonechat


Wednesday, 12 May 2021

May 12th

On a bright and breezy morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and on to Reculver. We recorded 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinches, 11 Whitethroats, 5 Cuckoos, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Swallows, 9 Mallard, 2 Lapwings, 14 Linnets, 4 juvenile Stonechats, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 White Wagtails, 1 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Swifts W, 1 Kestrel, 22 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 4 Common Terns, 1 Wheatear, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Yellow Wagtail.

White Wagtail - Matt Hindle

Later in the morning Matt found a male Grey Wagtail singing in the May Street sewage works.

This aftermoon we walked inland at Reculver and saw 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Reed Warblers, 2 Mallard, 2 Coot, 1 Kestrel and 1 Hobby.


Great Crested Grebe family


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

May 11th

We spent a pleasant morning ringing at Reculver where we saw 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Swallows, 13 Reed Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, 15 Whitethroats, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Mallard, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Jays, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Turtle Dove purring intermittently during the morning, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Buazzard, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel.

Birds ringed 37: Willow Warbler 1, Long-tailed Tit 1, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 4, Whitethroat 6, Reed Warbler 11, Sedge Warbler 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Garden Warbler 1, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 3, Jay 2.

A Jay with a tick above its eye

On a warm and breezy afternoon we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and recorded 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Shelduck, 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 124 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Kestrel, 36 Turnstone, 1 Blackcap, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Little Egret. We also saw 3 Hairy Dragonflies.

Sanderling


Monday, 10 May 2021

May 10th

After the heavy overnight rain had passed through Matt had an early morning walk from Reculver to Coldharbour and saw 9 Common Sandpipers, 17 Swallows W, 4 Wheatears, 3 House Martins W, 9 Ringed Plovers W, 2 Stonechats, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Swifts W, 2 Yellow Wagtails,  1 male Grey-headed Wagtail and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers E.

He then met us at Shuart and we all walked to Plumpudding and back by way of Brooksend and Netherhale. We counted 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaffs, 11 Whitethroats, 1 Mallard, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, 9 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Cuckoo, 19 Swallows, 2 Greylag Geese, 12 Tufted Ducks, 3 Corn Buntings, 12 Swifts, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 1 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harriers, 8 House Martins, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Coot and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Male Reed Bunting

 


Female Wheatear - Matt Hindle

Alex Perry saw a Hobby (169th) at Reculver during the day.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

May 9th 

With thunder storms passing to the south and east of us Matt walked from Bishopstone to Plumpudding and back via the railway embankment and we walked in from Chamber's Wall and back towards Reculver with him. Between us we counted 82 Whitethroats, 4 Lesser Redpolls W, 78 Swallows W, 11 Swifts W, 4 Corn Buntings, 18 Yellow Wagtails W including a male Grey-headed Wagtail, 60 Sand Martins, 6 Gannets E, 8 Blackcaps, 2 Kestrels, 6 Shelduck, 2 Common Sandpipers, 25 Reed Warblers, 13 Wheatears, 48 Sedge Warblers, 3 Stonechats, 2 Lapwings, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Cuckoos, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Tufted Ducks, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (166th), 3 Canada Geese, 4 White Wagtails, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Jays, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 female Whinchat (167th), 2 Common Buzzards and 13 Sanderling.

Male Grey-headed Wagtail - Matt Hindle

Whilst I was out, I had a message from Chris Tedder to say that she had just seen a Spoonbill flying S at Reculver. Later she also saw 2 Little Terns (168th) flying E and fishing as well as her first Hairy Dragonfly of the year.

Dave Smith walked from Shuart to Coldharbour and back along the embankment and his highlights were 5 Wheatears, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Marsh Harriers, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Cuckoos.

Derek Smith was also out between 0630 and 1000 and walked from Shuart along the railway embankment to Coldharbour and back via Brooksend and Netherhale. He recorded 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzards, 7 pairs of Tufted Duck, 72 Sanderling, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Wheatears, 7 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Willow Warblers.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

May 8th

We had a unexpected visitor to our garden at lunchtime just after the rain had stopped. A Turtle Dove.

 



Turtle Dove

On a blustery but much milder afternoon we walked inland at Reculver and saw 2 Blackcaps, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 5 Swallows, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Jays, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Sand Martins, 1 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Garden Warbler.