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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tuesday 29/10

Another glorious day and the Kitchen Fitters busy fitting the new kitchen. So dropped into the reserve started by looking for the Pallas Warbler on the Willow Trail with many other birders. No sign and no reports of being seen during the day. Also a reported Rough Legged Buzzard we saw at least 4 Buzzards but unable to change in to Rough Legged. Entered Hanson Hide to check on the Glossy Ibis which was as ever present and 3 Greenshank. distant Buzzards seen from here.  Present in the hide was Phil Sharpe not met him since Mull so great to catch up even though he confirmed he is to stay a 2 Riverside Cottage on Mull lucky lad. Joined Phil for a walk around the reserve 2 Bearded Tits seen (first of the year)  further sights of Buzzards and Marsh Harriers. No Snakes today . Species seen 60

Thursday, 24 October 2013


Another lovely day so decided on a trip to the reserve even though I feel poorly. So decided on Firth hide. Arrived with 100 + birds outside to have someone who followed me in and slammed the door and all but a few Teal left. Little turned up in the next hour except a Pintail and a single Ruff. So little to see and report . Total Species 30

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Friday 18/10

An early trip to the Lighthouse looking for Ring Ouzel again with no luck . But was informed the likely place so will try that next. Only birds of note were the 40+ fly by Brent Geese my first sight of the Autumn. Still no Goldcrest or Yellow Browed today. Species 19 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Wednesday 16/10

A day for chemo so no birding but crossing the marsh to M20 in mist / light rain both Val and I saw for a brief view of a SWIFT which swooped over the road in front of the car. ID was very quick but assume common swift.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tuesday 15/10

Frank wanted a day out so I arranged a days birding as the weather was lovely and many birds were reported. Started at Dungeness Sea Watch with little of interest except Gannets diving into a shoal of fish and a couple of Sandwich Terns. A walk round the moat gave nothing so no Ring Ouzels. The Lighthouse garden showed well and great views of Yellow Browed  Warbler . Then on to ARC Hide again even when reported still no Ring Ouzel. From Hanson Hide a Glossy Ibis performed well as well as Water Rail .
On to the Reserve Great White Egrets, Peregrine ,Wood Sandpiper and whinchat.
One Grass Snake and 2 field Voles.   

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Wednesday 9/10

Another lovely day so once again down the reserve. 2 Stonechats on the track 4 Pintail from firth and 8 Snipe . Makepeace gave up 3 Black Necked Grebes and Egyptian Geese and flocks of Golden Plover over Arc but none landed. Total species 39. Reports of Ring Ouzel from Light House must try tomorrow if weather OK.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Monday 7/10

Another lovely day so decided on another trip to the reserve as Glossy Ibis have been reported. No Ibis seen or reported. Little Gull , Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Egyptian Goose, Black Necked Grebe  a few Grey Plover but flocks of Golden Plover but best of all was 4 Great White Egret. Total for the day was 44.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sunday 6/10

A lovely morning so decided on an early visit to the reserve. To the water tower and Pines. 2 Willow Warblers at least 6 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcaps a passing Marsh Harrier regrettably no Ouzels, Stonechat, Whinchat or Gold / Fire Crests. Still migrating swallows and Sand Martins. an Hour and a half and 31 species.