Friday, 20 July 2018

Oare visit

0620 - 1100 overcast, grey, eventually rain...yes....rain!....but warm...

With the beginnings of migration....waders first....it as time to head to Oare on the North Kent coast and see what was there....

Picked up AL on the way and arrived on site where it was indeed dull and grey, though trying to brighten but failed....never mind...

First up was a quick search for the Teminks Stint which had been reported....we found it on the East Flood toward the southern edge on some drier mud....heres a really poor pic...trying to take a photo when its dull, and reasonably dull coloured bird on dull mud....

Temminks Stint...blending in well...

Okay, having said it was a dull bird....it was quite smartly marked and really crisp...very nice...

Also on the flood were plenty of Black Tailed Godwits, Avocet, Dunlin, Moorhen, Coot, many multi moulted Ruff, Pied Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Black-headed Gull, Greenshank, Grey Heron a Whimbrel and a Water Rail eventually....I also counted 28 Little Egrets.….

On the eastern side of the flood we found....

Bonapartes Gull left....Black-headed Gull right....

We meandered to the sea hide....on the way we found Sedge Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull....Cormorants were out on the sand as were some Little Egrets and one as fishing near the hide....Curlews and Redshanks were along the inlet....

Godwits....

...general wader scene....

Along the bank of the flood we found  family of Bearded Tit that posed nicely atop the reeds...

Bearded Tit juvenile

The Little Owl was sitting in the Elder tree near the hide on the south side....

And from the road we found Turtle Doves purring and occasionally  sitting up on the telegraph poles...

Starling left....Turtle Doves right...

Other birds around included Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Starlings, Marsh Harrier, Herring Gull, Med Gulls and a fly past by a juvenile Cuckoo....last bird found was a fabulously Summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper.....

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Summer Pits

0900 - 1100 warm, overcast, cool breeze NE f1

A meander at the height of the quiet period.....so not too much to report....Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps still singing with occasional Whitethroat thrown in....Yellowhammers still wheezing away....

Plenty of corvids following the tractor round the southern field as they took the grass away...therefore ruining may insects pleasure.....it being the height of insect breeding time.....still, those farmers know what theyre doing....

I seemed to come across more Stock Doves than Woodpigeons again, which is very nice....

The West Pit seems quite low water now and the weed is appearing on the surface....im assuming it the invasive one that has taken over many of the areas....

It also holds about a dozen Mute Swans which have been resent for at least two weeks....the pair on Island Pit still have 5 cygnets....

Highlight today was the Turtle Dove purring and sitting on top of a tree near the quarry....and the Spitfire went over....

A flock of 30-40 Goldfinches were south of the quarry....mixed adults and juveniles.....

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Ring On....

Since my last post  I did a quick bit of ringing...

Wren, adult

Great Tit, juvenile

….and run the trap a couple of times with some nice moths turning up....

Mottled Beauty's....come in several different forms like some birds.....I usually catch the standard form, a bit like we mostly see the standard Buzzard form....but this appeared...

Alcis repandata repandata 'conversria'

...and I tried to make this next one in to 'muraria' form....but I think its more likely a worn standard form...

Mottled Beauty

Elephant Hawkmoths have been turning up regularly the pat few sessions....every now and then though its relation pops along...

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

Talking of Elephant Hawkmoths.....heres a couple that are at opposite ends of the final cycle if their life...

very worn

fresh

I thought I would finish with a micro....one of the small ones, though not all micros are small and some are bigger than macros....eh?....anyway....I don't highlight them often enough probably....

Agapeta zoegana




Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Moth

A couple of trap runs and heres a few nice moths to keep things ticking over....

Small Angle Shades

True Lovers Knot

Cinnabar

Crambus pascuella

Anania coronata

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Moving

0900 - 1100 overcast, grey, occasionally bright, warm but cool in SW f2-4

A quick trip to...again....check up on the Lapwings....I found one adult, it seemed quite keen on alrm calling so the juvenile is out there somewhere...its getting difficult now as the plants are growing taller in the field so it has many more hiding places....still hoping it will make it through, the water has dried in the hollow and its now just a bit damp, so hopefully its meandering round the field picking up anything that moves...

They are now moving the old A21 road planings….no idea where but there are a number of lorries coming and going...

The Lesser Whitethroat is still in the Paddock area and the Swallows are hunting round the other Paddock and gardens near by.  2 more located on site further west.

I have no idea what is happening...or not happening....on North Field....1 Skylark there today singing....the grass which the farmer cut a few weeks back, when 3 or 4 Skylarks were breeding there, is now thigh high....

Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat all accounted for...also...North Field holds 2 purring Turtle Doves with a further one slightly north...so I believe its 3 on site with a possible fourth.

There were a few Buzzards meandering around and the unusual site of a Sparrowhawk passing by....doesn't appear too often here....


Friday, 15 June 2018

Theres a seed (snake) in my boot

….Toystory...great film...

0900 - 1100 warm, sunny, some cloud....

...now the grass is long...all those seeds in my boots at the end of the walk....a great time of year....

A good start to the day....the school run provided 2 Mistle Thrushes in the school grounds....

….off to Whetsted….mostly to check on the Lapwing situation....as usual I could only find 3 adults...I wonder why the 4th keeps disappearing....sitting?....perhaps...anyway....the good news is that from a distance I managed to see junior.  The bad news, possibly, is that the slightly flooded bit in the field is reducing drastically with this nice weather....!

The orchids are looking pretty good at the moment.....Bee....Common Spotted, which ive come across more this year than previously...is it  good year for them?  And this morning, I believe, I came across this Pyramidal Orchid....first one ive seen at Whetsted…

Pyramidal Orchid

 Other birds of note.....plenty of Stock Doves today, in fact they outnumbered the Woodpigeons...Turtle Dove still purring, today a pair was at the west end of Middle Pit then flew east, more purring hear near Island Pit....

And...Lesser Whitethroat, 3....Blackcap....1....

Seems like the Summer is pushing on and the birds have mostly settled down to quiet contemplation....and feeding like mad!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Old Lodge

0940 - 1200 sunny, warming, bright, cool in the shade though!

A visit across the border in Sussex.....a lovely site on the Ashdown Forest east of Crowborough....and right good for birds too...

Heres a couple of fine views from the site....



So...the journey is all for one species really....depending on what I have found at Broadwater Warren on my visits...and here THEY are....

Common Redstarts....male and female....

Another one of the boy....good looking!

Its always a joy to see Common Redstarts as they are smart birds and a grand colour....especially that tail...even the female has a fabulously colourful tail if somewhat duller otherwise...but the male is stand out stonking....no doubt....

So....if I haven't had Tree Pipit by now at Broadwater this is the place....and it didn't fail....a fine singing bird.....another good one for this site is Stonechat....

Best views of Woodlark I have had for many years near the gate was a real bonus as it sat up on a tree near by and sang continually....wonderful stuff...

Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Crow, Buzzard and more..