Friday, 23 February 2018

Earlier in the week on a mild but very drizzly night I put the rap out more in hope that expectation, but next morning there were 5 species of moth in the trap or nearby: Hebrew Character, Pale Brindled Beauty, March Moth, Light Brown Apple Moth and a tortrix which I can narrow down only to one of two species, so has to be recorded as Acleris ferrugana/notana. However, this still is the 600th species recorded in the garden.
At Dungeness today in a very strong freezing North-Easterly it was a case of seeing the usual suspects, with a Glaucous Gull at the Patch, Drake and Redhead Smews, Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great White Egret, Little Egret and Buzzard on the RSPB reserve. On Walland Marsh there 40 Tree Sparrows at some feeders and another Buzzard or two.

Pale Brindled Beauty

 March Moth

 Acleris ferrugana/notana


Sunday, 18 February 2018

First moth of the year in the garden trap-a Hebrew Character. At Bossenden Wood, Dunkirk,this morning, I did manage to see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but still didn't manage to photograph this elusive species. However, a Treecreeper posed in the sunshine.

Treecreeper
 Hebrew Character

Friday, 9 February 2018

Spent another sunny day at Dungeness yesterday. At the ARC pit a Bittern and Great White Egret were on show but a long way away from the hide. At Scotney a walk behind the farm produced very little apart from a couple of Buzzards and a Hare. After lunch, and some searching, a Dartford Warbler showed along Kerton Road, and on the main part of the reserve the Glaucous Gull and Black-throated Diver showed well from the Dennis Hide. The Slavonian Grebe was stil present from the Christmas Dell hide but we failed to see any Smew. A 2nd Great White Egret was on Dengemarsh.

 Common Buzzard

 Dartford Warbler

 Black-throated Diver

Friday, 2 February 2018

Had a good at Dungeness yesterday on a generally sunny day. It started well at The Hanson Hide where my friend first heard movement in the reeds close to the hide, which proved to a very close Bittern. Initally obscured, we had to wait a while but eventually the bird emerged and posed for quite a while in the open. We then finally caught up with the Caspian Gull at the Fishing Boats. Around the RSPB Reserve in the afternoon, we also noted the regular Glaucous Gull, 2 Goosander, 2 Smew, Slavonian Gebe, 2 Little Egrets and a Great White Egret.

Bittern


Caspian Gull

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Still nothing in the moth trap. Went to Dungeness again last Thursday, where the day started well with a Kingfisher showing well from the Hanson Hide, with 2 Goosander, Great White Egret and the distant Black-throated Diver also present. We failed to find the Caspian Gull at the Fishing Boats or patch, but a passing Red-throated Diver was my first this year. Back on the reserve 3 Smew (1 Drake) and a Slavonian Grebe were seen from the Christmas Dell Hide, with another Great White Egret. The Glaucous Gull arrived on Burrow's Pit mid afternoon. Finally I managed to pick out 1 of the Tundra Bean Geese at Scotney in poor light to finish the day. 

Kingfisher

 Shoveler




Tuesday, 23 January 2018

No moths to report. However, yesterday I finally managed to see a few Hawfinches in bright sunshine near Godmersham Church. In the afternoon there were 2 Purple Sandpipers and a Sanderling at Hampton Pier as the tide came in. 
Hawfinch

 Purple Sandpipers

 Sanderling

 Hawfinch

Saturday, 20 January 2018

A Common Plume moth on the shed door is the only moth species seen so far this year. Spent yesterday at Dungeness  in fine weather where the highlights were: a Bittern on the ARC pit, Long-tailed Duck at Lade, plus the Glaucous Gull, Goosander, 3 Smew (1 Drake), a Black-throated Diver and 4 Great White Egrets on the reserve. On Walland Marsh we failed to locate the Bewick's Swans but about 40 Tree Sparrows and 40 Fieldfares were noted.

Black-throated Diver

 Drake Smew

 Kittiwake at the Fishing Boats