Saturday, 25 March 2017

March 25th
On a sunny but breezy morning we covered the eastern section of the Marsh walking from Brooksend and Shuart out to the sea. We counted 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Jays, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawks, 14 Lapwings comprising 7 displaying pairs, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 12 Chaffinches, 22 Mute Swans, 1 Barnacle Goose, 25 House Sparrows, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Linnets, 25 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plovers, 95 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Curlew, 4 Long-tailed Tits and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Friday, 24 March 2017

March 24th
The fresh ENE wind was still blowing this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall and round Coldharbour. We saw 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Corn Buntings, 2 Marsh Harriers, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Shelduck, 4 Redshank, 24 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 3 Curlew, 4 Gannets E, 27 Great Black-backed Gulls E, 1 first winter Mediterranean Gull W and 1 Red-throated Diver E.

Redshank

Thursday, 23 March 2017

March 23rd
I began the morning by spending an hour at the Towers to see if anything was moving in the fresh ENE wind. Ornithologically it was extremely quiet with only 8 Gannets flying E, but the highlight was 2 Harbour Porpoises swimming E out of the Swale. The Black Redstart was also on the concrete below the Towers.
After this we drove out to Chambers' Wall and walked along the railway embankment and recorded 15 Yellowhammers, 14 Chaffinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 31 Corn Buntings, 2 Lapwings, 2 Mallard, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Shelduck and 2 Kestrels.

Corn Buntings

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March 22nd
The wind had shifted round to a very chilly SE this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and then walked at Reculver. We saw 16 Chaffinches, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 17 Yellowhammers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 24 Carrion Crows, 1 Marsh Harrier, 21 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 3 Redshank, 6 Dunlin, 5 Linnets, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Goldfinches.

Male Mallard

At about midday Matt had a Little Ringed Plover (128th) flying W past Reculver.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March 21st
On a sunny morning with an eye watering SW wind blowing we walked from Chamber's Wall to Shuart and counted 4 Goldfinches, 15 Yellowhammers, 10 Chaffinches, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Pied Wagtails, 1 Kingfisher, 21 Mallard, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Shelduck, 2 Lapwings, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Dunlin, 7 Redshank, 2 Shoveler, 24 Meadow Pipits W, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Grey Plovers, 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Gannet, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Mute Swans, 1 Kestrel, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Jays, 2 Common Buzzards and 2 Green Woodpeckers.

Male Shelduck

Monday, 20 March 2017

March 20th
It wasn't a very exciting morning with a strong SW wind still blowing. A 45 minute seawatch from the Towers produced 28 Gannets, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and 1 Great Skua.
Later we walked round Shuart and saw 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Redwings, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Jays,1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Chiffchaff.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

March 19th
With a very blustery SW wind still blowing we walked from Reculver to Chamber's Wall. Birds we saw included 11 Chiffchaffs, 1 Eider, 5 Fieldfares, 22 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart at Reculver car park, 3 Gannets E, 5 Redshank, 1 Little Grebe, 1 male Stonechat, 37 Oystercatchers, 5 Mute Swans, 4 Shelduck, 1 male Northern Wheatear, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 7 Corn Buntings and 15 Yellowhammers.

Male Northern Wheatear