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.


  1. Good to 'see you' back birding and blogging Phil. It was heading up towards a month since we last heard from you and I worry when I loose sight of fellow birder/bloggers who I follow.

    Excellent Turtle Dove image, and whos Marc Heath by the way!!

  2. Excellent image indeed Phil, who took this one, surely not Google images again!

  3. Cracking shots, just found this blog and have enjoyed reading it. I used to do some birding a few years ago in the area and saw my first Booted Warbler at a spot near you some where in 1984 when I was on a fire course at RAF Manston. Interesting read,

    thanks Mick.