Friday, 15 December 2017

December 15th
We had to wait until 0830 to go out this morning as a very heavy shower drifted south. We arrived at a muddy Chamber's Wall and walked out to Coldharbour and recorded 19 Greylag Geese flying S, 24 Blackbirds, 12 Redwings, 6 Fieldfares, 32 Chaffinches, 71 Corn Buntings, 9 Gadwall, 65 Stock Doves, 45 Mallard, 255 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 17 Shelduck, 70 House Sparrows, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Red-throated Diver E, 3 Pintail W, 36 Oystercatchers, 4 Goldfinches, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 24 Reed Buntings, 1 Goosander and 52 Lapwings.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

December 14th
It was bright and breezy this morning as we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour. Birds we saw included 10 Blackbirds, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Grey Partridges, 43 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 65 House Sparrows, 46 Corn Buntings, 15 Reed Buntings, 14 Fieldfares, 15 Shelduck, 103 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 85 Carrion Crows, 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Curlews, 14 Chaffinches, 15 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Egret, 6 Skylarks, 1 Goosander, 6 Redwings, 9 Mute Swans and 2 Teal.

Shelduck at Coldharbour

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

December 13th
On a dull and overcast morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back and saw 82 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Lapwings, 21 Shelduck, 8 Red-throated Divers E, 33 Ringed Plovers, 14 Corn Buntings, 3 Stonechats, 3 Turnstone, 30 Oystercatchers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Mallard, 6 Mute Swans, 1 Redshank, 84 Carrion Crows, 1 Curlew and 1 Little Egret.

Male Stonechat

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 12th
On a freezing but sunny morning we left our house to the sound of Redwings flying over and drove to Chamber's Wall. We then walked out to Coldharbour and saw 14 Redwings, 7 Red-legged Partridges, 25 Blackbirds, 11 Fieldfares, 166 Lapwings flying W, 66 Corn Buntings, 8 Gadwall, 76 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 76 Carrion Crows, 35 Reed Buntings, 234 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Linnets, 13 Skylarks, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Stonechats, 15 Goldfinches, 37 Oystercatchers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 12 Shelduck, 1 Sanderling, 12 Wigeon, 4 Dunlin, 85 Grey Plovers, 60 House Sparrows, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Chaffinches and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Goldfinch

Monday, 11 December 2017

December 11th
On another foul morning with a freezing easterly gale and heavy wintry rain we spent 80 minutes at the Towers in what shelter we could find but did not see at great deal. All birds were flying E into the wind and we counted 550 Cormorants, 1 Common Scoter, 87 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 159 Oystercatchers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 4 Kittiwakes, 1 Gannet, 1 Great Skua and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December 10th
This morning, in the snow at Reculver, Matt found 1 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Chiffchaff.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

December 9th
On a sunny and frosty morning we did the six kilometre walk from Shuart to Brooksend and Plumpudding and back to Shuart. We saw 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrests, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Kestrels, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Sparrowhawks, 17 Lapwings, 30 Chaffinches, 20 Linnets, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Fieldfares, 6 Little Grebes, 43 Mute Swans, 38 Golden Plovers, 332 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Stonechat, 20 Oystercatchers, 5 Common Scoter and 2 Ring-necked Parakeets.