Thursday, 30 June 2011
With a juvenile Night Heron arriving at Stodmarsh yesterday a successful trip to see the bird was undertaken this afternoon. With Marc's photograph of the bird last evening rivalling one seen of last years Wilson's Phalarope I realised that a scope was the order of the day. From the Tower Hide the bird skulked for most of the afternoon and was never seen well. However, it was a new bird for the valley for myself with the last being seen I think in 1984. With Warblergate now being fully exposed I can also tell you that earlier in the month I also added a Marsh Warbler to my valley list with a male singing and showing occasionally by the Marsh Hide and doing a repertoire of greatest hits which included Bee-eater, Linnet, Goldfinch, Blackbird and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Saturday, 4 June 2011
The rather cryptic headline will soon become apparent after reading this posting. June is generally quiet and today's highlight was my meeting with the Reculver cafe owner's dog and Heathy being propositioned by an octogenarian. We also saw a few birds, but not too many. We spent the first half an hour watching the sea this morning and nothing else. A stroll down to Cold Harbour added a year tick in the form of two Barnacle Geese and all the usual suspects again - you know these off by heart by now Oystercatcher (loads), Sandwich Tern (some) and Marsh Harrier, Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Teal, Gadwall (few) and Sand Martin, Swallow, Heron, Stonechat (one or two). On returning to the cars we had a drink and a chat and Marc became uncomfortable at my obvious affection for the beautiful Husky and had to leave for another sea watch. Let me make it clear I'm no Keith Lard, I just like dogs. However, Heathy was accosted by a lady asking to take her lilo and bag up the hill. This isn't a euphemism by the way. Marc actually knew the lady and informed me she enjoyed sunbathing "au-naturelle". I was going to headline today "Naturalist meets Naturist" but settled on the other. We also had an hour's sea watch after Heathy got his new friend settled and saw loads of Gannets, two Guillemots which was a year tick for us both and various Terns with one suspiciously looking little but being the honest pair we are we couldn't quite clinch the I.D. at some distance. Good fun today, would have been better if there were more birds. Hopefully, the 3 Amigos had better luck.