Saturday, 11 December 2010


Arriving at Reculver just before 7.00 a.m. Heathy had once again been cruising" the lanes for owls.  After a cup of coffee and deep thought provoking conversation we started our walk along the sea wall.  A Sparrowhawk whizzed past the Towers and fourteen Mute Swans were grazing happily in the fields.  A flock of approximately 75 Golden Plover flew overhead and the first of 10 Little Grebe were sighted in the Oyster Farm.  Along the beach Oystercatcher, Sanderling, Redshank, Curlew and Shelduck made the notebook but by far the largest number of waders were an amazing c60 Dunlin.  Arriving at Cold Harbour around c300 Brent Geese were on the sea and in the fields joined by1 PALE BELLIED BRENT GOOSE .  One Marsh Harrier quartered by the lagoon and as we walked inland numerous Redwing were joined by a few Fieldfare.  As we returned to the sea wall we encountered the last of 4 BEARDED TITS seen today and retracing our way back to the Towers a SPOTTED REDSHANK made its presence felt by the Oyster Farm.  Determined to photograph something, anything Marc took 100 images of a very obliging Stonechat.  Three  SNOW BUNTINGS flew overhead and as we reached the end of our session 5 more SNOW BUNTINGS were observed on the beach.  Other birds to make the notebook 1 Kingfisher, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting and 1 Grey Heron.

Hopefully, Marc and the family made it to the Vue for the Midday showing of "Narnia" and he didn't have to take a toilet break half-way through!

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