I took a stroll down to the river today to try and add a few more species to the new lists.The tide was in when I arrived. The first thing I saw was someone sculling on the river, I haven't seen one of those here for a few years now, and then while watching him disappear arround the bend of the river a bird in the water caught my eye just as it was diving. Keeping my eye on the water, up it came, a bird I have never seen in Halling before, it was a Great Crested Grebe. I seem to be going through a good spell birds at the moment. That was my 94th species for Halling. Shortly after this I heard something coming up river, some boat, or other, then as it got nearer I could see it, it was called the Amiens.R.A.S.C. out of Folkestone, I don't know what sort of cruiser it was, but it was a big bugger. It had to stay way out in the centre of the river. Anyway the couple on board saw me and waved, so not wanting to appear a miserable 'ol git'' I waved back.
I also managed to add a few more species to my Halling list, they was; Grey Wagtail(f, feeding in the garden), Chaffinch, L/T/Tit,Redwing,Moorhen, Cormorant(2), Lapwing(18), Teal(8m), Mallard(m5,f3),
Redshank(8, five of them was hitching a ride down river on a old tree branch), Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker(f), Common Gull, Kestrel.
That brings my Halling year/January total to 35.
PS. Yesterday early morning while watching from home, I saw a Fox walking about in the Lower Park..