Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

** Dungeness RSPB Reserve. **

Although it was spitting with rain, I decided to go to Dungeness RSPB Reserve. When I got there, there was nothing at all on the daily sighting board, apparently there hadn't been many birders there before I got there, although there was a large party doing the rounds and unfortunately they caught up with me in the Denge Marsh Hide. I went there because Burrows Pit was very quiet. There wasn't much here either because off to the left workers was out in their little boats planting new reeds and putting fences around them, so I had to hope that the ARC Pit was more  entertaining.
There was more birds here than over the road, there was one species that I heard but didn't see and that was a BITTERN.  There was at least 300 Gadwall plus a large number of Coot. 3 Marsh Harriers was quartering the reeds, occasionally flying over the water putting most of the birds up. There was 3 birds birds that was nice to see, and they was 1 male, 2 female GOLDENEYE. There was a couple of  GREAT WHITE EGRET feeding in reeds a short distance out from the hide, and when I left at 15:30 the total went up to 8. The total species seen/heard was as follows: G/B/B/Gull, L/B/B/Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, B/H/Gull, Cormorant, Mute Swan,  Canada Geese, Bittern, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, G/C/Grebe, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Coot, Moorhen, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier. Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveller, Shelduck, Goldeneye, Wigeon, C/Crow, Magpie, W/Pigeon.C/Dove, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Reed Bunting, Starling.
My "Bird of the Day" is the male ** Goldeneye **

Thursday, 5 October 2017

** Knowle Park. 3rd October 2017.

I took my yearly trip to Knowle Park this week  to see the deer and see if the stags have started their rut yet, but I was too early. Looking back at my previous records I have been going in the middle of the month so I will be going back then,
I didn't see any white stags, I know there a couple there but I did get some pictures of some other stags.

Monday, 25 September 2017

** Dungeness RSPB Reserve. **

The first order of the day was the visitors centre for coffee, and to scan the islands on Burrows Pit, I didn't see much which is what I kind of expected being as the islands have only recently been reconstructed, but there was plenty of Sand Martin's in the air, feeding up before their long flight back to Africa.
On the way to the Denge Marsh Hide 3 Green Woodpeckers flew across the track. Once I was settled in the hide the first, and most obvious species I saw was 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET, which was feeding close to their relative, the LITTLE EGRET. At the moment this area seems to me attracting wading birds, today I saw: Ruff, Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank,Golden Plover. A female Marsh Harrier was perched in a bush opposite the hide, until it decided to take to the wing and quartering the reads for food. Other species of bird seen from here was as follows: Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, Great Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, 
Being content with what I had seen from here my only other stop was over the road to the ARC Pit, and the Hanson Hide, this is where I was hoping to see the species of bird I had come for.
There was about 6 or 7 people in the hide, and this is what a couple of them had come for too. I scanned the water, then the islands making a note of what I hadn't already seen, and after about 40 minutes in the far distance on the right near the reads was what I hoped for, the RED NECKED GREBE . I probably wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't turned up the magnification slightly. I told the guy next to me who got his scope on it, but it disappeared as quickly as it appeared, still at least I saw it, even if I hadn't it wasn't the end of the world. There was some other nice birds there, 2 LITTLE STINTS, which are a small wading bird, and 2 BLACK TERN, , and another Great White Egret.
Some of the species there I had already seen, but the one's I hadn't was as follows: Cormorant, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Common Gull, Tufted Duck, Shoveller, Wigeon, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin,
The birds listed here are ones that was seen in general from the tracks: Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Starling(large numbers) Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, C/Crow, Cetti's Warbler.
My Bird Of The Day is easy today, it can only be the  ** RED NECKED GREBE **

Friday, 1 September 2017

** Twitch To Oare Marsh. Thursday 31st August 2017. **

Today I took a trip to Oare Marsh. to do a twitch. . It isn't something I do very often, I will do it if there is a good bird in Kent. This bird has been there for about 3/4 days, the bird is a juvenile RED NECKED PHALAROPE.  When I got there was quite a few people, as you would expect, but we did get to park just off of the road past the pull in. I walked back up the road a short distance and started looking around with the scope, but I didn't have to look for long, it was straight out in front just past the first island doing what a Phalarope does, swimming quite quickly when it feeds, swimming round and round, and short distances back and forth. I was able to get good views of this bird while the weather was nice, but after a while the heavens opened, when I got in the car it was dry outside the door, and after this short down pour I had a lovely  puddle to walk through to set my scope up again. I did manage to get a couple of record shots of it but not brilliant.
After having good views if it I then started looking around for the LONG BILLED DOWITCHER. It was to the far left with the Lapwing. it also gave great views. I didn't look anywhere else, only on the east flood, there was plenty of waders there, those being:
Avocet.  Redshank. Spotted Redshank.  Golden Plover.  Little Ringed Plover.  Black Tailled Godwit.  Dunlin.  Ruff.
The birds on the flood seen was: Grey Heron.  Cormorant.  B/H/Gull.  Herring Gull.  Common Tern.  Mallard.  Teal.  Shoveller.  Moorhen.  Starling.
My "Bird Of The Day" has to be the ** RED NECKED PHALAROPE **.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

** Dungeness RSPB Reserve. **

Not the best of days to go to Dungeness RSPB Reserve, on a weekend, But I took a chance guessing  that quite a few  birders and photographers would be at Cliffe looking for the Black Winged Stilts, Spoonbill etc. It was lovely weather when Pam and I left and when we arrived. I went into the centre to see if  a particular bird was still there and it was Pam and I sat down by the coffee machine and I set my scope up because the bird I wanted to see was on one of the long islands at the far side, the bird in question is a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, It was with a COMMON SANDPIPER.
There was a few other waders about, Little Ringed Plover(3) Black Tailed Godwit(4), Lapwing(2) and Dunlin(2). There was not much else about, the usual gulls: G/B/B. L/B/B. Herring. B/H, and Common. Other birds seen was as follows: Egyptian Goose, G/C/Grebe, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Shoveller, Shelduck, Teal, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Sand Martin.
From here we went around to the Denge Marsh Hide. I was hoping to add a few more species to the days list because there wasn't much on it so far. I was surprised that there was a lack of people around, I had the hide to myself for about 40 minutes. I did pick up some of the usual species of birds, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Mute Swan,  Marsh Harrier. Then not long after I got there a GREAT WHITE EGRET dropped in. I was able to scope up to the full 60x magnification  giving great views right up to the pale green at the base of it's bill and into it's eye. There is enough mud showing for waders to use, and those which was were: Ruff, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, and among many of the Sand Martin was a couple of House Martin. The Last species I saw was 4 Common Tern's and a Little Egret  which shortly after the Egret  landed the heavens opened up, and it through it down for ages, and at this point, as expected most of the birds just hid up or sat it out, heads under their wing. So this was the point when I had to decide whether to wait until it stops, which could have been ages, or go for it, I chose the latter, and yes I got pretty wet.
Others from around the reserve was: Greylag Geese,C/Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, W/Pigeon, C/Dove, Stock Dove(2)
So all in all for the short period that I was there I has happy with the 44 species seen, and there is only one bird in the running for my "Bird Of The Day" and that is the ** PECTORAL SANDPIPER.**

Friday, 30 June 2017

** Stodmarsh Reserve, Thursday 29th June. **

Yesterday Pam run me down to Stodmarsh to see what was about, apart from the Red Footed falcon that had been reported quite a bit before hand, but alas I dipped out on that one.
I did see that the bee's are nesting again at the toilet block in front of the car park, to which I gave a wide berth. I was talking to a couple of guys in the car park who told me that there was another bee's nest in a oak tree down the path on the right, so off I went to see if I could get a picture of it, to which I did, it wasn't easy but this is the best of the bunch.
I then carried on to the Reedbed Hide. There was one other person in there who told be that there was a wader out in front that I hadn't caught up with this year, and that was a GREEN SANDPIPER.

I stayed in this hide for the full 2 hours because I wasn't up to walking far today, but I was happy with what I did see. There was another bird that I hadn't see for over a year, albeit a female, that bird being a BEARDED TIT, but she was looking good on the sun shining on her. There was a lot of juvenile Reed Warblers flittering about being fed by their parents, the other species seen was: Marsh Harrier. Common Buzzard. Greylag Geese. Cormorant. G/C/Grebe. Little Egret. Mallard. Shoveller. Teal. Coot. Moorhen. Lapwing. Oystercatcher. Chiffchaff. Swift. C/Crow. Magpie. W/Pigeon. B/H/Gull. G/B/B/Gull. Herring Gull. Common Tern.
My "Bird of the Day"  the ** BEARDED TIT.**
We did have a close encounter with a dragonfly on out way out, all of a sudden a SOUTHERN HAWKER, it flew in through my side window, flying about the windscreen in a panic for a short time and then finally exiting through Pam's side window... great view!
On out way home I stopped off at Blean Woods to see if the Heath Flitillary was about, but it was late in the day and I had no luck, all I saw was a Green Veined, and a Ringlet.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

** Norfolk Bird Sightings.

A couple of weeks ago Pam and I went to Norfolk for a holiday and to see friends and I have decided to list the birds I saw on here. I was not able to due this earlier because I was having trouble with postings. I started off with a "Lifer" which was a DOTTEREL at Choseley Barns.I also saw a RED KITE and a YELLOWHAMMER on the way back to the car. The other birds seen was Gannet, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Grey Heron, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red Crested Pochard, Shoveller, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Dabchick, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Turnstone, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Coot, Moorhen, Skylark, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swift, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo, B/H/Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull, G/B/B/Gull, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, C/Crow, Jackdaw, W/Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove(3), Pheasant, Red Legged Partridge, Nightjar(Salthouse Heath), Tawny Owl, While listening/watching the Nightjar I found myself in close contact with a Roe Deer, It shot passed me about 20 feet or so in front through the gorse and then it was out in the open, hearing that thunder by, and it was noisy made me jump. and when we was nearly home that night we saw a Muntjac.