Saturday, 29 April 2017

April 29th
On a much warmer and sunny morning we covered the Marsh from Shuart and Plumpudding to the Oyster Farm. Our total counts were 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Lapwings, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 21 Sand Martins W, 5 Willow Warblers, 58 Whitethroats, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Hobby, 2 Greenshank, 1 Raven, 3 Cuckoos, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Tree Pipit W, 18 Sanderling, 31 Swallows W, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Chiffchaffs, 14 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Harrier,  13 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Wheatears, 1 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatchers and 1 Blackcap.

Whimbrel

Derek Smith was also out early and walked from Shuart to Brooksend and Plumpudding and counted 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Raven, 3 Wheatears, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Nightingale, 5 Ring Ouzels, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 3 Corn Buntings.

Male Ring Ouzel - Derek Smith

Marc Heath walked from Reculver and recorded 1 Nightingale, 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Cuckoos, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Wheatears and 2 Marsh Harriers.
Julian and Alex Perry also saw a Short-eared Owl resting in the grass.

Short-eared Owl - Alex Perry

Friday, 28 April 2017

April 28th
Matt was out at dawn this morning and visited various sites in the Reculver area and recorded 2 Cuckoos, 1 Nightingale (159th), 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Corn Buntings, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Tree Pipit W (160th), 2 Whimbrels W, 6 Whitethroats and 1 Willow Warbler.
We met him at Chamber's Wall and we then walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back via the Green Wall. We saw 17 Whitethroats, 21 Mallard, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lapwings, 13 Linnets, 14 Swallows W, 2 Ringed Plovers, 12 Oystercatchers, 6 Little Egrets, 5 Mediterranean Gulls E, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whinchats, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Lesser Whitethroats.
Later at Shuart we found 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Whitethroats, 5 Swallows W, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Garden Warblers, 1 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Raven.

Male Yellow Wagtail singing from Alexanders

Thursday, 27 April 2017

April 27th
On a chilly but sunny morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back and saw 2 Blackcaps, 30 Linnets, 2 Grey Partridges, 1 Little Owl, 7 Swallows W, 9 Whitethroats, 14 Mallard, 3 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Oystercatchers, 1 Turnstone, 6 Ringed Plovers, 2 House Martins W, 7 Shelduck, 2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Whimbrel and 4 Goldfinches.

Ringed Plover with very abraded plumage

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April 26th
The wind was just as cold and blustery as yesterday as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and counted 2 Wheatears, 10 Whitethroats, 2 Goldfinches, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 12 Mallard, 2 Little Egrets, 80 Carrion Crows, 3 Swallows W, 1 Pied Wagtail, 12 Oystercatchers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 6 Linnets, 13 Yellowhammers, 1 Green Woodpecker and 9 Mute Swans.

Chiffchaff

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April 25th
Although it was sunny this morning there was a totally different feel to the weather with a fresh NNW wind blowing straight down from the Arctic. In eye-watering conditions we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back and saw 34 Swallows and 14 House Martins flying W, 8 Oystercatchers, 5 Whitethroats, 3 Whimbrel W, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit W, 7 Linnets, 3 Pied Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, 3 Shelduck, 4 Ringed Plovers, 16 Mallard, 75 Carrion Crows, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Cuckoo, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls W, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Goldfinches, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Female Wheatear

Bar-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel

This afternoon, in much more benign conditions, we walked around Shuart and recorded 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Lapwings, 1 Kestrel and 1 Raven calling repeatedly over by Netherhale.

Monday, 24 April 2017

April 24th
On a bright and sunny morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Oyster Farm lagoons before returning along the Green Wall. We counted 22 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 14 Mallard, 61 Sedge Warblers, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Greenshank, 11 Linnets, 1 Grey Partridge calling, 8 Mediterranean Gulls flying over and calling continuously, 2 Lapwings, 85 Carrion Crows, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Oystercatchers, 8 Shelduck, 3 Redshank, 3 Little Egrets, 5 Ringed Plovers, 8 Wheatears, 3 Swallows W, 1 summer plumaged Dunlin, 19 Mute Swans, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Shoveler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 13 Corn Buntings.

Displaying Oystercatchers

Derek Smith was out east of us and between 0600 and 1000 walked from Shuart and along the embankment to Chamber's Wall and back via Plumpudding. He saw 16 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Cuckoos, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Marsh Harriers, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Ringed Plover W, 38 Turnstone, 7 Wheatears, 35 alba Wagtails W, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, 11 Reed Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 44 Sedge Warblers, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Cetti's Warblers.

Grasshopper Warbler - Derek Smith

Mark Chidwick was out this evening and had 3 Whinchats (158th), 2 Short-eared Owls, 1 Cuckoo and 9 Wheatears.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

April 23rd
We had another interesting morning's birding beginning at Reculver where Matt saw and heard our first Garden Warbler (155th), 8 Mediterranean Gulls W and 2 Whimbrel W.
We then met at Chamber's Wall and walked around Coldharbour where we recorded 5 Whitethroats, 4 Reed Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Lapwings, 8 Mallard, 2 Mediterranean Gull E, 7 Shelduck, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Wheatears, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Hobby W (156th), 1 Little Egret, 1 Dotterel flying SE over Coldharbour towards Shuart where it appeared to land, 1 Redshank, 1 Shoveler, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Grey Partridges and 6 Corn Buntings.
Next we visited Shuart to unsuccessfully look for the Dotterel and saw 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 1 Kestrel, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Shoveler and 2 Canada Geese (157th).
Marc Heath was also out this morning and walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and recorded 3 Ring Ouzels, 2 Cuckoos, 13 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Purple Sandpipers, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Wheatears, 6 Common Scoter, 9 Greylag Geese, 1 Hobby W, 14 Turnstone, 6 Shelduck, 10 Whitethroats, 18 Sedge Warblers, 7 Reed Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Kestrels.

Purple Sandpiper - Marc Heath
This bird has a shorter bill than the one photographed yesterday and is probably a female whilst yesterday's bird is a male