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Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Managed to get out at 2.30 till dark ( not very long ) Did not forget the Camera so stuck to the marshes hoping for photos of Tree Sparrow or Snow bunting. Flocks of Fieldfare were all over the place but due to low sun trying to pick out Redwings was impossible. Included was Kestrel a Buzzard which flew at car height in front of me then a Sparrow hawk, finally passed the Chicken sheds and a quick scan for Little Owl but was surprised by a Barn Owl which lifted out of the reeds opposite the sheds and I followed it to the railway line where it flew left and out of sight.
So the list was comprised of all the regular birds,and a good selection of raptors.
Just wish I could get out on my feet more often.Birding from the car is not bad but not great.

Sunday, 22 November 2015


Most trips lately have been Dungeness / Reserve and very little walking so most of the usual birds seen with little new.
Today Sunday decided that it would be Romney and Walland Marsh interest was started with at least two Little Gulls in a ploughed field with all the other gulls. The feeding area gave Reed Bunting/Chaffinch/Tree Sparrow/Yellow hammer/Blue Tit/Dunnock/Greenfinch and Moorhen so a good area.
Further along Fieldfares were plentiful 50+ the first of winter and a Green Woodpecker.
Now  pulled into Midgley Drying Barns there was little if any spilled grain so a lack of birds but a Pied Wagtail was walking towards us followed by a first winter female SNOW BUNTING as usual it approached right up to the car with no sign of being scared. Had not picked up the camera and realised I had even left the mobile phone on the table at home as the bird fed right outside the drivers side of the car.
Only thirty birds seen but decided my luck could not carry on so went home for lunch.
Out for 2 hours only.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sunday 8th November


Have got out only a few times lately with little to report except managed Goldcrest on every outing so a bumper year for them.
12 days ago a charm of Goldfinches descended on my sun flower hearts feeder which is within 6 feet of the back windows they have dominated this from dawn till dusk and it has to be filled at least once a day.  On one occasion I managed to count 42 birds but there was in excess  of that on some days.
These have been a glorious sight and has impressed all visitors to the house, birders or not.
48 Hours ago I filled the feeder and seen no sight of them so hopefully their migration is a great success at my expense.
By coincidence there is just one on the feeder as I type but sparrows and tits now get a look  in.