Friday 17th

It was a much nice day compared to yesterday's wet weather. There was an unseasonal flock of seven Barnacle Geese that flew south over the Estate. A Honey-buzzard flew north over RSPB Worth marshes was more typical.

Cuckoo by L.Sole

Wednesday 15th

The soundscape of the Estate was full of the recently-fledged Robins, Blackbirds, and Long-tailed Tits. Some of the Blue Tit and Great Tit broods are quite loud in the nestboxes too so they won't be long before fledged. A Quail sang briefly on RSPB Worth marshes and two Garganeys, a Red Kite, a Great White Egret, two Wood Sandpipers, and a Turtle Dove were present.

Tuesday 14th

A day with intermittent rain showers. Hopes were high that waders and terns may have dropped into Pegwell Bay for respite, but there were not the numbers as expected. At least 60 Ringed Plovers were present with smaller numbers of Grey Plovers and Dunlins. A Red Kite flew north over the Estate. 

Monday 13th

Two Red Kites, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, and a Grey Wagtail flew north over the Estate and a Willow Warbler was in the bushes. Over on RSPB Worth marshes 11 Black-tailed Godwits and a Wood Sandpiper were the best on show.

Buzzard by P.Blanche

Sunday 12th

Two Coal Tits on the Green Wall was the first sighting for a while, whilst over on RSPB Worth marshes the PURPLE HERON put in another appearance, both a Spoonbill and a Great White Egret dropped in, and at least two Turtle Doves were purring. Analysis of our 'nocmig' recorders produced our first Spotted Flycatcher of the year calling over Stonar in the early hours of the morning.

Saturday 11th

After a night gazing at the impressive showing of the Northern Lights, attention changed back to the birds and early in the morning the PURPLE HERON was seen on RSPB Worth marshes. The flock of migrant waders around Blue Pigeons included four Grey Plovers, 43 Ringed Plovers, two Turnstones with a similar range of species in Pegwell Bay at high tide. Also off interest was a Red-footed Falcon nearby over Ham Fen. Well worth keeping at eye out for it in the area.

Northern Lights over the Observatory by G.Lee

Friday 10th

The PURPLE HERON put in it's best appearance for some time, showing well on the reedy pools west of the Great Wood on RSPB Worth marshes. There was also an impressive flock of nine Wood Sandpipers on the marsh.

Purple Heron by G.Lee

Thursday 9th

Three Red Kites flew north and there were notable counts of six Grey Plovers and 14 Golden Plovers inland on RSPB Worth marshes.

Wednesday 8th

A Little Stint was in Pegwell Bay and at least two drake Garganeys on RSPB Worth marshes. There was an arrival of Swifts and hirundines into the area and seven Red Kites flew north. Analysis of our sound recorders revealed a Quail flying over in the early hours of the morning.

Tuesday 7th

A good mix of waders in Pegwell Bay at high tide included 66 Dunlins, 41 Ringed Plovers, 11 Sanderlings, five Greenshanks, four Knots, six Whimbrels, 18 Grey Plovers, 24 Bar-tailed Godwits, and five Turnstones. Singles of Spoonbill, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, and Turtle Dove were on RSPB Worth marshes. In the evening, yet again the PURPLE HERON put in a brief appearance flying north.

Spoonbill and Little Egret by S.Reynaert

Monday 6th

There were Curlew Sandpipers at both Pegwell Bay and RSPB Worth marshes, whilst also at the latter site were 44 Ringed Plovers, a Garden Warbler, and two Grasshopper Warblers.

Garganeys by R.Rackliffe

Sunday 5th

Participants on the early Dawn Chorus Walk were treated to a Spoonbill on RSPB Worth marshes. At least four Hobbies and 14 Ringed Plovers were also present. 

Saturday 4th

Our second GOLDEN ORIOLE of the spring was singing on the Green Wall. It only stayed briefly and headed off north, as is usual of this species. Meanwhile the elusive PURPLE HERON continued to play hide-and-seek. It was seen briefly in the morning on RSPB Worth marshes. A Great White Egret present was more co-operative.

Friday 3rd

Hopes were high after a big arrival along many eastern sites in the UK yesterday afternoon. Alas, there was no hoped-for Pied Flycatcher but a singing male Redstart between the Observatory and the Worth track was welcome compensation. Four Little Terns were in Pegwell Bay and a Willow Warbler in the Whitehouse. A handful of Whimbrels, Swifts, and Yellow Wagtails made up the rest until the evening when the PURPLE HERON was re-found on Willow Farm, and subsequently flew north over the Estate. 

Purple Heron by G.Lee

Thursday 2nd

A surprise PURPLE HERON was flushed out of Waldershare Gully mid-morning, circled the Estate, before drifting over to Willow Farm and then north. Meanwhile the TEMMINCK'S STINT was seen again on RSPB Worth marshes. Four-five Cuckoos were singing throughout the Recording Area. 

Wednesday 1st

It was a really warm start to the month. A Greenshank, two Cuckoos, and three Yellow Wagtails were on the Estate, a Tree Pipit flew over Pegwell, and a male Hen Harrier, two Turtle Doves, and two Whinchats were on RSPB Worth marshes, with the TEMMINCK'S STINT reappearing in the afternoon.

This upcoming Sunday we have InFocus visiting us. They will have a variety of optics and equipment with them to test. Feel free to come by and check them out.

Ringed Plover by S.Reynaert