Friday, 9 March 2018

Future Posts

9th March

For the time being I'm giving the blog a rest as its another time consuming job that I find difficult to keep up with, plus I only get about 20 hits each time which doesn't make it worthwhile.

However, my flickr site is always kept right up to date and now Facebook.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitstablewildlife/


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Nuthatches at Bossenden Wood

23rd Feb

Made a visit to Bossenden Wood and photographed the nuthatches in the cold weather.





Dunlin and Fieldfares.

16th Feb. 18

Another visit to Seasalter hoping for better dunlin shots finding just a few along the shoreline with turnstones. On the back field were 105 curlew plus c.600 golen plovers and c.300 brents. Lapwings were plentiful with c.400 dotted about over the fields.





17th

No birding but a drive out in the afternoon and a stop for a cup of tea at Brogdale with the wife was rewarded with seeing several fieldfares in the car park.






18th

Lovely sunny morning after the frost, spring in the air and great to see the barn owl flying around at 9.30 plus a marsh harrier later on.  I went on to Oare marsh but it looked extremely quiet with  only a few pintail and shovelers close to the road.........went home.


Monday, 26 February 2018

Hawfinches, fieldfares and redshanks.

1st. February

                           https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitstablewildlife/

Another attempt at hawfinch photography at Godmersham. There didn't seem to more than  half a dozen about but I had one close encounter on my own and got a few shots.







Also it was the night of the 'super moon' so I took a few shots.........it didn't seem any more 'super' than any other night.


8th Feb.

Nothing much more until the 8th and another go at the hawfinches.



12th Feb.

An afternoon drive over to the back of Faversham with the wife, we stopped for a cuppa at Brogdale and on the way out noticed several fieldfares feeding at the back of the carpark......just right for photos, didn't even get out of the car.




15th Feb.

A morning visit to Hampton spending most of the time photographing a couple of redshanks.



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Out And About In The Latter Half January

20th Feb

Just catching up with all the PC stuff on these two drizzly days, unfortunately the blog comes last in the queue. More up to date photos here;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitstablewildlife/


Wed 10th Jan.

A lovely sunny day so I took a trip to Dover harbour meeting Steve Reynaert and Nick Smith where we spent time photographing the 14 guillemots and 3 shags.

Where's the bread?



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At Seasalter, 2 marsh harriers plus several fieldfares in the Graveney cherry orchard

Fri 12th Jan.

A quiet morning at Hampton finding 2 redshank, 4 turnstones and one purple sandpiper.



13th Jan.
A quiet morning at SS but c.400 barwits and c.500 knot and a similar number of brents.

14th Jan
A trip to Godmersham seeing 5 hawfinches, 1 grey wagtail, several greenfinches and chaffinches plus a mistle thrush, 2 goldgrests, long-tailed tits, sparrowhawk and a buzzard. Also met Rob and Marie from Twiddle.

16th Jan.
Another cloudy day but I took a short walk to SS finding a few turnstones and dunlin on the shoreline and took a few photos. Also, 105 curlew on the back pasture with c.300 brents and c.600 golden plovers.....lots of lapwings dotted about, maybe c.400 birds.


17th Jan.

Heavy seas at Hampton




18th Jan

4 hawfinches at Godmersham.



19th

More dunlin photos at SS. plus whilst testing my old SX50 on gulls by the outfall I think a yellow-legged gull revealed itself when looking at the pictures back home?

Yellow-legged Gull?




20th Jan

Turnstone survey for the SBBOT, Whitstable harbour to the Sportsman, c.3 miles to be done in an hour and in the rain!  However, I managed to find 78 during hightide.  Also at SS were 21 grey plovers, c.300 dunlin, c.50 ringed plovers, 1 sanderling and a dozen redshank.

28th Jan

Another visit to Hampton.


29th Jan.

A trip to Margate and North foreland seeing c.200 sanderling in Margate harbour, right outside The Turner plus a few turnstones.  I moved ontoPalm Bay finding a few fulmars and 1 rock pipit and a stonechat.



30th Jan

Another trip to Margate again  seeing the sanderlings again plus 2-3 rock pipits.







Thursday, 11 January 2018

Seasalter Redpolls

9th January

Another visit to push the Seasalter list a little further forward, the weather was as usual low, grey cloud but no wind.  First stop SS Lane but didn't add anything here, quad bike on the levels plus someone with a chain saw on the corner of the Applegarth mobile home park had sent any birds that might have been around into cover, although it was encouraging for my ears to hear a cetti's and a blue tit somewhere.
Along the seafront the tide was halfway in/out and off the outfall were 8 shelduck, c.200 brents, 90 lapwing (resting on the 'hard') plus loads of dunlin, curlew, turnstones, redshanks, plus black-tailed godwits right out in the mid channel.
On the plots it seemed quiet so I walked up to the railway line finding  6 coots, green woodpecker, pheasant, magpie and on the way back, what a surprise to see 7 redpolls, especially when there was hardly any other birds on show.
Another look at the gulls from the outfall, I spotted one of the large, dark backed Scandinavian herring gull Larus argentatus argentatus, it certainly looked good for one.



Fortunately, I had got some pictures before I was engulfed in dogs, a lady with ten dogs was walking them out on the 'hard' areas at low tide. Somewhat of a record for me at Seasalter, I've seen fours and the other week six, I don't know whether the Long Rock Dog Park can beat that!

Ten dogs for walkies

Stormy Seas at Hampton and the Seasalter List

4th
Stormy sea at Hampton, this shot was taken two hours after high tide!



6th January 2018

My second visit to SS hoping to add adding some more species to the poor effort on the first of January when rain stopped play after an hour and a half (for me that is).  It was a grey day with low cloud as I made my first stop along SS Lane and in one of the horse paddocks there were five stock doves to add to the list, otherwise very quiet.   Onto the seafront and the plots where I added 2 meadow pipits, 1 gadwall, 1 cetti's and 2 goldcrests to the list and from the beach c.2000 knot, c.750 black-tailed godwits and nine shelducks all new for the year.  Moving up to the LNR I messed about with the camera plus converter for a while in the dim light but there were very few birds posing and a complete waste of time.  Back to the car and I drove to the 'rise' leading down to the chalets where I sat and had my coffee, all quiet but for another goldcrest in a bush across the road.

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A short visit to Hampton to continue with my camera and converter tests finding a couple of sanderlings and one purple sandpiper.