Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Not a great deal to report today.Once again expectatation was high as I picked Marc up at 8.30 but the next 3 hours were almost birdless.A walk from Chambers Wall to Cold Harbour and back via the Embankment featured the following,Green Woodpecker,Great Spotted Woodpecker,Sparrowhawk,3 Marsh Harrier,Peregrine,2 Golden Plover,Sanderling,Spotted Redshank, Peregrine and a Med. Gull that Heathy saw but I didn't. New notebook next time and I hope to be able to put something in it!

Saturday, 25 August 2012


With some good birds sighted yesterday I arrived at the Towers today in anticipation... which unfortunately never materialised.Amazingly I beat Heathy this morning and we strolled to Cold Harbour in showery and blustery conditions. Things began promisingly with a Juvenile Mediterranean Gull in with c50 Black- Headed Gulls on the grass behind the Towers. However the next 4 hours were fairly uneventful except for a party of 6 Crossbills encountered on the Embankment which at least added to my year list. We also added c40 Yellow Wagtails,44 Redshank, 50 Ringed Plover and over 40 Golden Plover. During a coffee stop Marc found a Cygnet doing a good impression of a submarine, something neither of us had seen before. We added 4 Wheatear, Sanderling, Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier during our return and 10 minutes at the Towers we found a Whimbrel and a single Juvenile Cuckoo.It was hard work today but that Wryneck can't be far away Heathy !

Friday, 17 August 2012


It was rather comforting to return to birding at Reculver this morning after several weeks away from the patch. Meeting Marc just before six it was clear that not a great deal had happened in the intervening period and only a few new species for the year had passed through.On our stroll to Cold Harbour and back via the Railway  Embankment we recorded the following species. A Kestrel in the drizzle by the Towers followed by 24 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns at sea in small groups. The obligatory Little Owl in the Caravan Park and a few Hirundines overhead. In the Oyster Farm the first of 4 Common Sandpipers, a maximum of 8 Little Egrets and a single Grey Partridge. Along the sea wall c35 Yellow Wagtails and 5 Pied Wagtails. A single Hobby hawking by the Green Wall and 4 Ringed Plovers on the shingle at Cold Harbour. Inland was fairly unproductive apart from 2 Turtle Doves and a Lesser Whitethroat. Finally a flock of19 Lapwing made the notebook. A pleasant return walk to the Towers in the company of the Hindles and although not much made the notes it was good to be back.