Sunday, 20 February 2011


Meeting 'Dances with Owls' just before 7.00 a.m. he had already had a close encounter with a Long-eared buddy.  We looked out over the grey, dull misty morning at the Towers in the hope of Goosander but we had to make do with numerous Brent Geese, assorted Gulls and a lone Shelduck.  Twenty minutes later we decided on a stroll and walked the sea-wall past the Oyster farm.  Redshank, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew made the notebook and by 8.30 a.m. we decided to make a visit to Brooksend home of the mythical Jackdaw.

Arriving at the mini Camargue the first bird we saw was a Jackdaw announcing itself with a call as beautiful to my ears as any Nightingale.  Soon another Jackdaw flew overhead and my day was complete.  Marc was desperately searching for last week's Canada Geese but had to make-do with a flock of Greylag Geese of around 26 and a pair of Marsh Harriers.  With visibility deteriorating Heathy left for home half an hour early which is almost unheard of.  Another weekend of desperate weather and on the grapevine we heard that even Chris Hindle had employed a Sherpa to take him to Pegwell Bay in search of a Caspian Gull.  Hopefully he'll make it back safely.

Fortunately, we haven't succumbed yet to chase 'The Dove from above' or various landfill sites in Essex to search for a gull.  However, if they did make it into Kent airspace...............

1 comment:

  1. Hello Mr Parker. If ever there was a case for me NOT to start listing birds, then this is it. Brooksend on a cold, damp and misty morning in February to twitch a Jackdaw. I am all for the "what ever floats my boat" attitude, and will never condemn other peoples idea of fun. I just think I had more enjoyment sitting in the Feast hide this morning surrounded by exotic Mallards, some coming in very close. Oh the joys of bird watching.