Wednesday, 28 June 2017

June 28th
We arrived at Reculver just as the heavy overnight rain had cleared through and walked up to Coldharbour before walking inland at Reculver. We saw 4 Pied Wagtails, 11 Linnets, 9 Cormorants, 11 Oystercatchers, 4 Curlew W, 6 Little Egrets, 1 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 20 Mallard, 14 Meadow Pipits, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Grey Partridges, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Little Owl, 4 Swifts, 4 Sand Martins, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Whitethroats and 1 Common Buzzard.

Oystercatcher

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

June 27th
It is still very quiet at Reculver so much so that I took photos of plants rather than birds! Birds we saw on our walk from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour included a family group of 4 Turtle Doves, 2 Goldfinches, 8 Whitethroats, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 18 Blue Tits, 7 Linnets, 7 Mallard, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Oystercatchers, 1 Swift, 2 Linnets, 1 immature male Eider, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redshank, 1 Corn Bunting and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Tufted Vetch

Spiny Restharrow

Hog's Fennel

Monday, 26 June 2017

June 26th
We spent the morning ringing at Reculver and saw 5 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 40 Mallard, 1 Corn Bunting, 7 Whitethroats, 4 Turtle Doves, 1 female Bullfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk,  3 Green Woodpeckers, 15 Reed Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Kestrels, 6 Swifts, 4 Jays, 30 Sand Martins and 1 Little Egret.

Birds ringed 27: Chiffchaff 1, Blue Tit 7, Bullfinch 1, Reed Warbler 6, Sedge Warbler 2, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat 3, Dunnock 1, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 1, Turtle Dove 2 pullus.

Sedge Warbler

Sunday, 25 June 2017

June 25th
It remains very quiet and our walks at Shuart, Chamber's Wall, Coldharbour and Reculver this morning did not produce very much. Highlight was hearing 4 Turtle Doves "purring" at different sites across the Marsh. Other birds seen included 15 Whitethroats, 4 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Shelduck, 2 Linnets, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Eider, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Swift W.

Hedge Bedstraw flowering in profusion across the Marsh

Saturday, 24 June 2017

June 24th
It was cloudy and cooler with a moderate SW breeze blowing this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to the Oyster Farm lagoons. We recorded 18 Swifts W, 2 Turtle Doves, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroats, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Mallard, 6 Oystercatchers, 3 Eiders, 2 Linnets, 6 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff.

Female Yellow Wagtail

Friday, 23 June 2017

June 23rd
There was a more reasonable temperature this morning as we had a ringing session at Reculver. During the time we were there we saw 3 Cetti's Warblers, 34 Mallard, 3 Mute Swans, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Turtle Doves, 20 Sand Martins, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Siskins, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Shelduck, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Teal, 1 Common Buzzard, 20 Reed Warblers, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail W, 6 Swifts W and 1 Greenshank.

Birds ringed 22: Chiffchaff 3, Wren 1, Reed Warbler 9, Blue Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Reed Bunting 1, Whitethroat 1, Dunnock 1, Blackbird 3.

Adult Reed Warbler

Comma

Thursday, 22 June 2017

June 22nd
With the hot weather continuing we walked along the seawall from Reculver to Coldharbour and managed to find a cooling westerly breeze. Birds we saw were 7 Goldfinches, 1 juvenile Black Redstart on the rocks by the Towers, 1 Little Owl, 8 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Turnstone, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Lapwings, 6 Ringed Plovers, 7 Linnets, 2 Shelduck, 1 Swift W, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls W, 9 Mallard, 7 Cormorants and 2 Pied Wagtails.

Juvenile Black Redstart