Monday, 13 September 2010
SPOTTED FLYCATCHERGARDEN WARBLERLONG TAILED TITSWALLOWTREE PIPITGREEN WOODPECKERWHITETHROAT (adult and juvenile)Ringing at St Margarets on sunday morning,no not the bells, the birds, turned up a couple of surprises when a tree pipit and a couple of young swallows were trapped.The whitethroats are shown for comparison, with the young bird having a much duller eye colour.Note the eyelid of the long tailed tit andthe angry look of the juvenile woodpecker.The spotted fly was seen a bit earlier in the week at Kingsdown along with the Autumn Ladies Tresses on the front lawns along the cliff top.A.L.T.
Last thursday afternoon I went for a walk to the Prince of Wales pier,as I got to the seafront the sky turned distinctly darker,I calculated that the coming rain would miss the pier so I continued on my way.The storm clouds gathered and lightning could be seen over the hills at guston and the rain was mainly over that way too.The clouds then rolled menacingly over the castle and then the harbour but the pier stayed on the edge thankfully.Eventually the clouds passed and a rainbow appeared over the harbour.Later that evening a magnificent sun dog appeared as the sun lowered in the west.The harbour was host to several adult med gulls and two hungry sandwich terns during the storm.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
WHINCHAT with grasshopperWHINCHATIts been a varied and busy week, with an early start at the Hoe on tuesday rewarded with a confiding whinchat,a butterfly transect,some sheep herding and a dragonfly count with Mr Holt.Wednesday morning at Langdon Cliffs produced quite good warbler counts but nothing unusual.News of the phalarope came through but as I had promised myself an afternoons gardening Ididn`t go but went to Elmley next day ,obviously everything of interest had gone, no phalarope curlew sands or stints but it was an enjoyable day in pleasant autumn sunshine regardless.It is amazing how easily we come to accept birds like avocets and little egrets as commonplace when not so long ago we`d have been jumping forjoy at seeing either,what next spoonbill, purple herons, common as muck?The mist nets were up at St Margarets at the weekend and saturday in particular produced a real mixed bag with grasshopper warbler the pick of the bunch.Sunday morning tried for wryneck at Sandwich no joy but did find a pied flycatcher in the Elms.The Spitfire Express from the Faversham Hop Fair came trough Kearsney in the afternoon,and it really had a shift on and was gone in seconds.Just got home the mobile went ,WRYNECK AT HOE SHOWING WELL,got ther in record time only to learn that it had probably ended its days as a mascot on the front of the 1545 to charing cross,ho hum.GET DOWN SHEPIT HAD TO BE EWEMATING MIGRANT HAWKERSELMLEY HOUSE SPARROWELEPHANT HAWK MOTH CATERPILLARGARDEN WARBLERGRASSHOPPER WARBLER showing streaked rumpLESSER WHITETHROATCENTRE BARRED SALLOWFEATHERED GOTHICSPITFIRE EXPRESSJUVENILE STONECHAT