Tuesday, 1 December 2020

December 1st

After a night with a fresh NW wind blowing we arrived at Reculver at first light for a seawatch, but it turned out to be disappointing with few birds seen. In two and half hours we recorded 1,500 Cormorants, 1 immature Eider, 280 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 21 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Skua W, 2 Shelduck W, 17 Gannets, 1 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sanderling, 1 Knot, 12 Common Scoter, 6 large auks and 1 Razorbill W.

After I had left the Towers, Matt and Derek Smith remained for a while and recorded 7 Little Gulls W, 2 Gadwall, 2 Great Skuas W, 14 Shelduck W, 1 immature Peregrine, 18 large auks E, 20 Gannets, 2 Wigeon W and 2 Kittiwakes W.

Later at Brooksend, Matt found a flock of 36 Russian White-fronted Geese and 2 Barnacle Geese.

This morning Julian Perry found 4 Snow Buntings on the beach between Reculver and the Green Wall.

This afternoon we walked out onto the Marsh at Reculver and saw 34 Mute Swans, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Grey Partridges, 2 Kestrels and 1 Common Buzzard.

Monday, 30 November 2020

November 30th

We had an excellent morning's birding whilst we were ringing on the Marsh south of the railway. We saw 48 Fieldfares, 4 Yellowhammers, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Partridge, 5 Redwings, 20 Blackbirds, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapland Bunting, 176 Lapwings, 6 Bewick's Swans, 5 adults and 1 juvenile,  flying W and calling all the time (204th), 1 Marsh Harrier, 13 White-fronted Geese flying W, 1 Barnacle Goose with 12 of the Whitefronts and 2 Grey Herons, 

Birds ringed 20: Reed Bunting 3, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 7, Fieldfare 8.

Fieldfare

This afternoon Matt spent an hour and a half at Minnis Bay and counted 27 Common Scoter, 12 Great Crested Grebess, 27 Red-throated Divers, 16 Gannets, 30 Russian White-fronted Geese W, 1 Shoveler W, 24 Wigeon W, 2 male Eiders, 1 Great Northern Diver W, 1 Lapwing, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 male Goosander E, 90 Sanderling, 96 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 immature Peregrine in off the sea, 2 Curlews and 1 first winter Mediterranean Gull W.

Bob Dean was out and about from 0730 to 1030 and walked from Chambers Wall through to the sea and along the sea wall towards Reculver and then back via Coldharbour. He saw 18 Russian White-fronted Geese in a flock on the fields on the seaward side of the railway line. They flew onto the sea at Coldharbour, where he counted 14.  They were close to, but separate from, 97 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the sea.  Whilst he was watching them the Whitefronts flew onto the fields and mingled with more Brent Geese. He had a very good couple of minutes near the west end of Coldharbour, when he saw a Bearded Tit and a Snow Bunting. On the groynes there was a female Kingfisher. It caught a fish and flew away over the sea, stopping at the next groynes before disappearing.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

November 29th

After yesterday's beautiful weather this morning had returned to being overcast and damp as we again walked from Chamber's Wall to the Wantsum outflow. We saw a good range of species including 14 Blackbirds, 83 Cormorants, 3 Redwing, 1 female Merlin, 174 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Stonechat, 9 Mallard, 6 Redshank, 70 Ringed Plovers, 1 Shelduck, 29 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret, 16 Linnets, 2 Rock Pipits, 1 male Snow Bunting, 150 Oystercatchers, 6 Russian White-fronted Geese, 2 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Mute Swans, 20 Golden Plovers and 1 Kestrel.

Russian White-fronted Geese

Adult Russian White-fronted Goose

Male Snow Bunting

Derek Smith was also out this morning and between 0900 and 1200 walked from Shuart to Plumpudding and Coldharbour and back along the railway embankment. He recorded 5 Russian White-fronted Geese, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Wigeon, 11 Mallard, 90 Lapwings and at the Plumpudding roost there were 65 Grey Plovers, 120 Sanderling, 36 Redshank and 44 Ringed Plovers. He also saw 2 Stonechats, 6 Cetti's Warblers and 22 Siskins at Shuart.

During the morning Chris Gibbard saw a ring-tailed Hen Harrier near Brooksend.

There were another 8 Russian White-fronted Geese south of Reculver this afternoon as well as 36 Mute Swans, 2 Wigeon and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

November 28th

On a beautiful winter's morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Wantsum outflow. Birds we saw included 32 Blackbirds, 190 Cormorants, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 15 Goldfinches, 21 Redwings, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Greenfinches, 8 Fieldfares, 29 Chaffinches, 3 Stonechats, 8 Redshank, 2 Mallard, 11 Linnets, 5 Red-throated Divers, 124 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Gannets, 1 Great Northern Diver flying E, 12 Turnstone, 56 Ringed Plovers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel and 2 Snow Buntings feeding in the shade of the seawall before being flushed by two runners and flying towards Minnis Bay.

Snow Bunting

Chris Tedder saw a Sandwich Tern which is by far and away the latest record for the area.

Friday, 27 November 2020

November 27th

It was another dull and dank morning with a chilly north breeze blowing as we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour. We saw 1 Kestrel, 197 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Gannets, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechats, 7 Corn Buntings, 4 Lapwings, 13 Turnstone, 14 Ringed Plovers, 1 Purple Sandpiper roosting on the beach with 10 Dunlin, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Redshank, 1 female Merlin flying out to sea by the Towers.

During the day Charlie Vint saw 1 Black Redstart on the rocks by the Towers and 1 Short-eared Owl at Oyster Farm lagoons.

Thursday, 26 November 2020

November 26th

On a dull and overcast morning we walked from Reculver to Coldhabour and recorded 2,000+ Cormorants flying out to sea to feed, 4 Gannets, 1 Pied Wagtail, 72 Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank, 334 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 22 Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets, 25 Oystercatchers, 26 Golden Plovers, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Common Scoter E, 3 Red-throated Divers and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

November 25th

On our walk from Reculver to Coldharbour this morning we saw 132 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrels, 3 Pied Wagtails, 12 Meadow Pipits, 1 Little Egret, 2 Common Scoter flying E, 69 Ringed Plovers, 1 Corn Bunting, 17 Turnstone, 12 Reed Buntings, 21 Dunlin, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Water Rail calling, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Grebe, 120 Golden Plovers, 1 Stonechat, 9 Oystercatchers and 9 Mute Swans.

Grey Heron

Male Pied Wagtail