Monday, 16 October 2017

October 16th
The very mild conditions continue and this morning began calm but the southerly breeze soon arrived as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and back along the Green Wall. Birds we saw included 37 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 31 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Siskins, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Golden Plovers, 13 Goldcrests, 84 Chaffinches W, 7 Mute Swans, 6 Redpoll, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Kestrels, 17 Skylarks, 3 Stonechats, 6 Little Egrets, 3 Mallard, 2 Redshank, 6 Rock Pipits, 5 Pied Wagtails, 7 Lapwings, 1 Gannet E, 45 Oystercatchers, 10 Turnstone, 3 Corn Buntings, 1 Marsh Harrier, 32 Ringed Plovers, 11 Cormorants, 1 Peregrine, 3 Tree Sparrows and 20 Goldfinches.
Later at Reculver we saw 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow, 4 Jays W, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Purple Sandpiper.

Purple Sandpiper

Sunday, 15 October 2017

October 15th
It was mild and sunny as we spent the morning ringing at Reculver where we saw 1 Kingfisher, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Bramblings, 17 Redpoll W, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 14 Redwings W, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Sparrowhawks, 6 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Jays, 217 Chaffinches W, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 35 Siskins W, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Firecrests, 77 Mallard, 7 Mute Swans, 1 Stonechat, 9 Song Thrushes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 21 Magpies W, 2 Kestrels, 2 Mistle Thrushes 2 Common Buzzards, 240 Starlings W, 11 Skylarks, 10 Goldfinches W and 1 female Pintail N.

Birds ringed 12: Goldcrest 5, Chiffchaff 2, Firecrest 1, Chaffinch 1, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 1, Blackbird 1.

Redwing

This morning Dave Smith saw a Yellow-browed Warbler and heard a Bearded Tit at the Oyster Farm.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

October 14th
On a sunny, mild but increasingly breezy morning we had a ringing session south of the railway. Between 0620 and 1020 we recorded 1 Little Owl, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Redwings, 1 Grey Partridge, 110 Chaffinches, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Greylag Geese, 3 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldcrests, 14 Song Thrushes, 13 Mute Swans, 6 Corn Buntings, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Swallows W, 1 Tree Sparrow, 69 Golden Plovers, 45 Goldfinches, 40 Reed Buntings, 2 Kestrels, 68 Skylarks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Siskins, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail and 35 Linnets.

Birds ringed 30: Goldcrest 1, Wren 1, Robin 1, Reed Bunting 14, Chaffinch 4, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 2, Tree Sparrow 1, Dunnock 2, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 1.

Tree Sparrow


Derek Smith completed his usual walk from Shuart and along the railway embankment and counted 11 Wigeon, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jays, 1,200 Starlings W, 1 Kingfisher, 41 Skylarks W, 14 Meadow Pipits W, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker W, 4 Stonechats, 2 Bearded Tits W, 14 Greenfinches W, 17 Redpoll W, 36 Siskins W, 69 Goldfinches W, 1,606 Chaffinches W, 1 Brambling W, 1 Tree Sparrow, 7 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 24 Chiffchaffs, 19 Goldcrests and 7 Reed Buntings.
 
Male Bearded Tit

Painted Lady
 

Friday, 13 October 2017

October 13th
We spent the morning ringing at Shaurt where we saw 1 Kestrel, 5 Redpoll W, 15 Bramblings W, 21 Redwings W, 23 Siskins W, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Snipe, 3 Stonechats, 2 Common Buzzards, 3 Red-legged Partridges, 31 Chaffinches W, 25 Goldfinches W, 1 Grey Heron, 38 Skylarks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Song Thrushes, 2 Grey Wagtails W, 19 Greylag Geese, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 5 alba Wagtails, 33 Linnets, 5 Swallows W, 17 House Martins W, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Jay.

Birds ringed 22: Goldcrest 1, Wren 2, Chiffchaff 3, Robin 1, Reed Bunting 6, Stonechat 2, Dunnock 2, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 3.

First winter male Stonechat


Derek Smith and Patrick Giles walked from Shuart and then along the railway embankment and saw the following birds mainly flying west. 930 Starlings, 12 Chiffchaffs, 23 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtails, 122 Siskins, 38 Goldfinches, 1,477 Chaffinches, 1 Green Sandpiper, 17 Skylarks, 11 Reed Buntings, 21 Meadow Pipits, 7 Swallows, 73 House Martins, 51 Redpoll, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 15 Redwing, 6 Song Thrushes, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechats, 6 Greenfinches and 1 Marsh Harrier.
This afternoon we walked along the cliffs at Bishopstone and found 2 Stonechats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Little Egret and 1 Goldcrest and then moved on to the Reculver bushes where we saw 1 Brambling, 1 Fieldfare and 4 "continental" Blackbirds.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

October 12th
On a fine autumn morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back. At the moment the Environment Agency are completing their pre-winter beach restructuring which means quite a lot of disturbance. However we managed to record 530 Starlings, 2 Goldcrests, 65 Meadow Pipits W, 14 alba Wagtails W, 17 Cormorants, 140 Linnets, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Grey Herons, 10 Mute Swans, 6 Corn Buntings, 4 Redshank, 4 Chiffchaffs, 22 Ringed Plovers, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Turnstone, 32 Mallard, 2 Stonechats, 1 immature Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 8 Skylarks W, 16 Wigeon, 35 Carrion Crows, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Goldfinches, 4 Swallows W, 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Common Buzzard.

Mallard

Derek Smith was also birding this morning and walked from Shuart and along the railway embankment and then back via Plumpudding. He saw 2 Pink-footed Geese in a ploughed field at Shuart, 1 Merlin, 6 Kestrels, 2 Common Buzzards, 26 Chiffchaffs and 14 Goldcrests. He also recorded the following birds flying W: 550 Starlings, 31 Skylarks, 11 Redpoll, 38 Siskin, 225 Chaffinches, 7 Greenfinches, 46 Goldfinches and 6 Reed Buntings.

Pink-footed Geese

This morning Marc Heath found a Coal Tit in Reculver churchyard.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

October 11th
On a dull and dreary morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to the White Poplars, along the Green Wall and then along the seawall to Coldharbour. Birds we counted included 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 20 Goldfinches, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Skylarks, 18 Mute Swans, 1,310 Starlings and 1,700 Black-headed Gulls on the newly sown fields, 7 Stonechats, 17 Cormorants, 1 Grey Wagtail W, 3 Mallard, 6 Oystercatchers, 28 Carrion Crows, 10 Reed Buntings, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Corn Buntings, 15 Chaffinches, 1 Kestrel 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Wigeon.
Derek Smith covered the eastern half of the Marsh between 0900 and 1300 and recorded 4 Grey Partridges, 16 House Martins W, 1 Swallow W, 43 Chiffchaffs, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on the embankment, 26 Goldcrests, 42 Siskins W, 1 Brambling W, 12 Goldfinches, 37 Chaffinches and 2 Stonechats.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

October 10th
It was a bit quieter than yesterday as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and along the seawall but we managed to see 8 Chiffchaffs, 41 Skylarks W, 6 Goldcrests, 10 Chaffinches, 33 Corn Buntings, 40 Reed Buntings, 3 Grey Herons, 43 Starlings W, 1 Lapwing, 14 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Plover, 31 Mallard, 7 Linnets, 45 Goldfinches, 46 Carrion Crows, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 11 Mute Swans, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechats, 22 Meadow Pipits, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Kestrels, 16 Siskins W and 2 Peregrines.

Stonechat

Derek Smith was also out at the eastern half of the Marsh and between 0730 and 1230 walked from Shuart along the railway embankment to Coldharbour and back to Shuart via Plumpudding. He recorded 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Grey Wagtails W, 34 Skylarks W, 3 Rock Pipits W, 22 Meadow Pipits W, 4 Stonechats, 86 Siskins W, 76 Goldfinches W, 12 Redpolls W, 2 Bramblings W, 49 Chaffinches W, 5 Greenfinches W, 1 Blackcap, 45 Chiffchaffs, 26 Goldcrests, 3 Cetti's Warblers and 11 Red Buntings W.
Dave Smith saw 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Wheatear, 2 Swallows W and small flocks of Redpoll and Siskins flying W.