Birds: June 2024

Friday 21st A couple of new broods of Tufted Duck were on Restharrow Scrape and, excitingly, some Pochard young on RSPB Worth marshes. The latter the first confirmed breeding for many years and another high point an excellent year in the area for breeding wildfowl. Two Red Kites were spotted flying over Worth and two Green Sandpipers on the pools.…

Birds: May 2024

Friday 31st An Osprey spent time fishing in Pegwell Bay and then headed off to New Downs with a decent sized Mullet.  The weather next week is very mixed but at this time of year I always like to remind myself of the songs of two late spring migrants, Marsh Warbler and Blyth’s Reed Warbler. The former is a rare…

Birds: April 2024

Tuesday 30th Low cloud and light southerlies made for a good morning on RSPB Worth marshes, particularly on the Blue Pigeons pools off the Pinnock Wall. Two Sanderlings in with the Ringed Plovers and Dunlins were rare birds for inland on the marsh, but a TEMMINCK’S STINT stole the show. Both Garganey and Wood Sandpiper were also present. Monday 29th…

Birds: March 2024

Sunday 31st Highlights on New Downs were 12 Pintails, a Great Crested Grebe, and a Merlin. The Cattle Egret remained at the Observatory. Saturday 30th RSPB Worth marshes produced an adult Little Gull, eight Egyptian Geese, a Ruff, and a White Wagtail, whilst 23 Chiffchaffs were in full song on the Green Wall. Friday 29th Despite the fairly horrible conditions…

Birds: February 2024

Thursday 29th After a week or so with only one or two birds the Cattle Egret flock at the Observatory increased again with five birds present in the morning. There’s also been a flock of six nearby at Ham Fen. It isn’t currently clear if they are additional or whether the birds are going to back and forth to us.…

Birds: January 2024

Wednesday 31st There was a high count of 100 Dunlins on RSPB Worth marshes with Great White Egret, 18 Pintails, and Water Pipit all present. A Woodcock was along the Green Wall. Tuesday 30th A Woodcock was on the Estate and a Great White Egret on RSPB Worth marshes. Monday 29th The drake Goosander relocated to Pegwell Bay but the…

Birds: December 2023

Saturday 30th Today’s highlights included four Egyptian Geese which flew south over Prince’s Golf Course, a Firecrest on RSPB Worth marshes, and a Yellow-legged Gull in Pegwell Bay. Friday 29th There were still six Waxwings in Stonelees but the flock has become increasingly hard to see in the scrub, whilst the equally elusive Snow Bunting put in an appearance on…

Birds: November 2023

Thursday 30th With the current temperature drop, the Recording Area was subject to a fine frost this morning. In Pegwell, a Great Northern Diver was present first thing, two Caspian Gulls were on the mud-flats and the Twite pair were still lingering near the Hoverport. Two White-fronted Geese flew north over RSPB Worth Marshes. A smart drake Velvet Scoter flew…

Birds: October 2023

Tuesday 31st  A relatively late Yellow-browed Warbler was on the Estate with a smattering of Goldcrests and continued passage of Lesser Redpolls and Siskins occurred overhead. Over on New Downs, 495 Lapwings and 220 Golden Plovers were congregating and a female Goosander flew over. In Pegwell, the Spoonbill and male Eider were still present. On RSPB Worth Marshes, there were…

Birds: September 2023

Saturday 30th There was some surprise when the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was re-found on New Downs. It was very mobile (again) but showed distantly on the North Pool, along with five Cattle Egrets and a Little Stint. A reminder that parking at the Polytunnels is only available for a few cars and members must display their membership card on their dashboard.…