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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Wednesday 21/7

Dropped off at ARC Hanson Hide for 3 hours. 36 Species in total.
Excellent views of Little Stint and the whole time I was there a Little Gull was sitting on the water with 2 x 10 minute fly abouts. Many Sand Martins still on the move. Both Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers present. regrettanly no Megas so must try again tomorrow.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Sunday 19/7

With reports of White Winged Black Tern on Arc yesterday and the only other I have seen was in The Gambia I managed to get an early afternoon lift around the marsh. Started at the reserve to be informed that there was no sighting WWBT. But ever hopefull Val and  I still went to Hanson hide.
Excellent to see so many islands now and waders a plenty. Common and Green Sandpipers,Little and ringed Plovers,Godwits Dunlin. For my part there were a lot of Sand Martins which unbelievably is my first record for 2015. My next door neighbour has cut our boundary bush and we now have 2 baby Dunnocks wandering round the back garden I believe they have left the nest too early as they can not fly. But have managed to avoid local bird killers sorry Cats .Species 35

Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday 17/7

A shopping trip to Ashford was quicker than expected so returned via Orlestone Forest and came out without any sightimgs.On to Walland Marsh a view of a Marsh Harrier outside the pub was nice. Further along no sight of Tree Sparrows ,Then alongside the Lydd Model Areodrome, Val called Raptor and stopped the car, in the Adjacent field was a Juvenile Red Kite many attempts were made to catch prey but we saw no success before it left our sight.
We journied on to. Scotney hoping at last to see the Spoonbills again no luck  After that along Dengemarsh and Galloways .many Linnets but also Stonechats and Reed Buntings.
Then home with 33 species all seen from the car.
So a good afternoon

Monday, 6 July 2015


Today managed to get a lift to North Kent and was very pleased to park in layby at Oare Marshes to find the Bonapartes Gull on the nearest island of mud where it stayed for at least half an hour before all birds were lifted by a noisy motorbike. Excellent views and is it the same bird coming back to Oare each year for its holidays. Only 32 species in the few hours which did include a Ring Necked Parakeet which are not present on the marsh.