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Friday, 28 March 2014

Thursday 27/3

An afternoon drive around Dungeness hoping for my first Sand Martin with no luck. Weather was blue sky but chilly. First nice find was a Little Owl sunbathing on the chicken factory roof on Caldicote lane .To Dengemarsh where a Peregrine swooped overhead which I initially thought was a Hobby. The Reserve track and viewing from the shop  gave up Tree Sparrow , Golden Eye and Smew ( red head) . A good look for  the Pink Foot Goose amongst the other geese but no luck looking into the low evening sun. Total 41.   

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Monday 17/3

A visit to friends on the Isle of Sheppey of course meant driving though all the appropriate reserves on the way. Mating but not boxing Hares on the Emley track was a sight but camera in the boot. First Marsh frogs of 2014. 52 species including close up Buzzards and lots of Red Legged Partridge excellent to see such nice warm weather A large flock of Fieldfare was a late record. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014


A family holiday in Wales as my brother reached 60. A lovely house was rented near Cardigan and was opposite the Teifli wildlife reserve. Day 2 an Otter spent about half an hour fishing in the river in front of the house and was admired by all the family. Day 6 when a bit of left over meat was put out 2 Crows were joined by a Raven in the back garden. Most days Gooseander were present in the river and on a couple of occasions Red Kites flew over.
Due to my condition I was unable to take any walks so "birding" was difficult but managed a total of 52 species.