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.…

Birds: August 2023

Thursday 31st A Spotted Flycatcher was in the Little Elms and a juvenile Cuckoo at Dickson’s Corner. At least seven Whinchats were spread around the Estate plus a few Sedge and Reed Warblers and the first Siskin of autumn. A Great White Egret and five Ruffs were on RSPB Worth marshes and in Pegwell Bay there were two Spoonbills, a…

Birds: July 2023

Monday 31st There was a small passage of 24 Sand Martins on the Estate and a Wood Sandpiper was on RSPB Worth marshes. Pegwell was once again busy with at least 480 Mediterranean Gulls, 233 Sandwich Terns, 26 Common Terns, one Roseate Tern, an Eider, and a Red Kite. Sunday 30th Pegwell Bay provided excellent totals of three Roseate Terns,…

Birds: June 2023

Friday 30th There were 20 Mediterranean Gulls on Restharrow Scrape and another four on Worth marshes. I expect numbers to increase over the next few weeks, with Pegwell Bay often a good spot. Listen out for their distinctive call overhead. Check out HERE for recordings. Tuesday 27th At least five Marsh Harriers hunted over Worth marshes and a Common Tern…

Birds: May 2023

Wednesday 31st Yesterday’s Spotted Flycatcher was still in the same spot in the Little Elms and showing well from the gate and carparking spaces opposite The Elms. Restharrow Scrape was full of young birds and looking really good, perhaps it will attract something like a Pratincole species soon. Two more Spotted Flycatchers were along the edge of the northern-most pine…

Birds: April 2023

Sunday 30th Lucky souls who went on the Dawn Chorus Walk were rewarded with two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS flying over. A male Whinchat was also present. A Cuckoo was on the Estate and Hobby, Cuckoo, and White Wagtail on New Downs. Saturday 29th A good variety of waders on Worth marshes included at least five Greenshanks, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, one Bar-tailed…

Birds: March 2023

Friday 31st Pretty horrible conditions today but ten White Wagtails were on the Green Wall. The Black Redstart put in a brief appearance around the Observatory again, as did the Tree Sparrow. Then, in the late afternoon, an ALPINE SWIFT stormed north along Royal Cinque Ports Golf Course. A brief head’s up to raise awareness of the series of walks…

Birds: February 2023

Tuesday 28th A cold and breezy ending to the month. A Yellowhammer was at the hay bales behind the Observatory building and a Bullfinch along the Worth track. Two Barnacle Geese were in with the Greylag Geese next to the Shooting School at Mary Bax. The flock of five Eiders were on the sea again and three Firecrests present in…

Birds: January 2023

Tuesday 31st A productive walk on the Green Wall on the last day of the month produced Yellowhammer, Lesser Redpoll, two Coal Tits, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, Redshank, and Short-eared Owl. On the Estate the highlight was a male Merlin on Royal St George’s Golf Course, plus Cattle Egret, five Goldcrests in the Elms/Gullies area, and a Little Egret on Restharrow…

Birds: December 2022

Thursday 29th It was a little milder today but still a bit breezy at times. A Firecrest was in it’s usual spot flitting between The Elms and Little Elms and three Water Pipits were on Worth marshes. There was still around 2,000 Lapwings too. An evening look at Pegwell Bay produced four Caspian Gulls and one Yellow-legged Gull in the…