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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Hothfield Highlights

On Sunday morning (22nd), Angela and myself paid a visit to Hothfield (Common) Heathlands KWT reserve, hoping to connect with some woodland birds, particularly Nuthatch. As soon as we got out of the car, a Common Buzzard was seen circling overhead, later on joined by a second bird. Walking clockwise around the common we noted: 3+ Goldcrest, 3+ Nuthatch, a drumming and calling G-S Woodpecker, 50+ Chaffinch feeding on Beechmast, a couple of Treecreepers, 6+ Mistle Thrushes, c10 Goldfinches, several Wrens, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, and a Green Woodpecker. The adjacent meadows alongside the river Stour were being hunted by a male Kestrel, and at the small pond there was a roosting party of 4 Little Egrets. At the nearby Hothfield waterfall lake we had a lone Redwing and another small party of Long-tailed Tits.

Mum and Dad also visited a KWT reserve in the morning, this one being Oare Marshes. Here, as well as spotting MW, KP & DB, they had the Rough-legged Buzzard hunting over Mocketts, on Sheppey, 1 Stonechat, 2 Little Stint, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers amongst the highlights. A Rock Pipit was seen at South Swale NNR

UPDATE - The parents also visited Hothfield (Common) Heathlands on Monday (23rd) where they additionally had: c12 Redwing, 1 Jay, 3 Yellowhammers and 12+ Meadow Pipits.

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