SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY 2011
RSPB 1 hour Garden Birdwatch, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Blue Tit 6
Great Tit 1(f)
Reed Bunting 2(m1,f1)
Grey Wagtail 1(f)
Pied Wagtail 1(m)
Blackcap 4 (m2,f2)
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1(m)
Most daysI have more Finches that that visiting the garden, it just shows how it varies from hour to hour. The highlight today, is it produce a record number of Blackcaps for the garden 4(2m2f). I have had 3 before but never 4.
|Starling bathing but where's it's head??|
I spent a few hours on the Isle of Sheppey on Saturday 29th January with my friend Ian. We started off at Minster Beach. It was a bit chilly to say the least, but at least it was dry. There wasn't much bird life around either on the sea, or beach.I did see the following species: Sanderling; Grey Plover; Oystercatcher; Dunlin; Herring Gull; B/H/Gull; Common Gull.
From here we went to Leysdowne Beach. There was more birds here, mainly on the shoreline and beach, again nothing visible on the sea. Species seen: Herring, B/H, and Common Gulls; Curlew; Oystercatcher; Redshank; Sanderling; Grey Plover. In the field on the other side of the road: C/Crow; Magpie; W/Pigeon; Blackbird. The birds wan't that close, and the weather wasn't that good for taking photo's but I did attempt a few.
|Grey Plover facing the waves.|
|Black Headed Gull flying overhead.|
|Black Headed Gull.|
|Female Hen Harrier.|
The other species seen was: Mute Swan; Mallard; Marsh Harrier; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; C/Dove; 1 Hare sprinting; C/Crow; W/Pigeon; Stock Dove; Rock Dove; Blackbird; Reed Bunting; Fieldfare; Mistle Thrush; L/T/Tit; Red Legged Partridge; Pheasant; L/B/B, Herring, Common, and B/H/Gulls.
Once at the Inn car park we went about adding to the days list. It soon became apparent that it wasn't going to be a lot.The best find was a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers. There was also many Brent Geese on Horse Sands, and apart from the regular Gulls the rest was made up of: Cormorant; Shelduck; Redshank; Oystercatcher; Bar Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Lapwing; Dunlin..
On the way back I checked the usual ditch for the Green Sandpiper, but this time I couldn't find it.