Saturday, 28 January 2012
Meeting Marc at just before 7.30 a.m. this morning, he had already been to drop the kids off and we walked slowly down to Cold Harbour noting the following species. The resident Little Owl was positioned in his usual spot on the top of the toilet block in the caravan park. Small parties of Brent Geese flew past us at regular intervals. One group of six birds held the PALE BELLIED BRENT GEESE. As it was low tide the mussel beds were exposed and Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Redshank and Curlew were feeding happily. Heathy found the single BAR-TAILED GODWIT feeding on the tide line. Godwit is always a scarce bird at Reculver and this was a welcome addition to the year list. On our return we unsuccessfully chased two Stonechats up the sea wall in the hope of a photograph. Three blobs in the field were identified as Golden Plover and the SPOTTED REDSHANK was in its usual place in the Oyster Farm. The Kestrel was sitting happily on his ledge in the Towers and we returned to the cars and made our way to Brook Reservoir in the hope of Pochard. Meeting Chris and Ann Hindle they informed us that they had gone but we strolled down and photographed the soon to be departing BEWICK SWANS. I also added Gadwall for the year and we spent the last 15 minutes of the session photographing a friendly Robin.