The last three days have produced a mixed bag of weather - mist, fog, murk, heavy rain, plus the sleet and snow showers. Then at Oare Marshes KWT yesterday it was sunny, but with a biting cold northerly wind. Angela and myself are on a weeks holiday this week so we have braved the weather at times and headed out into the Kent countryside. Here are the highlights so far:
Sunday 13th January
Conningbrook GP, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Little Egret, 1
Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (heard), 23 Waxwing
(outside Givaudan along main road - seen by the parents), 50+ Fieldfare & c5
Redwing, c30 Linnets, 5+ Lesser Redpolls, - seen by the parents,
Godmersham, Denge Wood & Waltham 14:00 to 15:30
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodcock (Denge Wood - flushed), 2 Treecreepers, 1
Jay (heard), 6+ Siskins, 1 Bullfinch (lanes near Waltham), 6 Hawfinches (usual pre-roost site at 14:50 in Denge Wood).
Chilham, 15:30 to 15:45
14 Waxwings (flew south over Pickelden Lane by river/lakes).
Shalmsford Street Lakes, 15:45
Egret, 50+ Fieldfare, 2+ Redwing.
Monday 14th January
Aldington Floods, 13:00 to 14:00
12 Cormorants, 1
Little Egret, 10+ Long-tailed Tits.
A drive down to the coast and back across the marsh revealed nothing but heavy rain !!!
Tuesday 15th January
Oare Marshes KWT reserve, 11:00 to 13:30
2 Eiders (drakes on the
Swale between the slipway and the Seawall Hide), 6 Red-breasted Mergansers (flew
west over the Swale), 1 Little Grebe (sluice), 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier
(male), 1 Sparrowhawk (entrance road by double bend), 100+ Avocets, 1
Greenshank (Oare Creek opposite Oare Pits), 1 Kingfisher (on a post west side of
entrance track), 10+ Skylarks (flying over the saltmarsh near the sluice), 2
Meadow Pipits, 1 Stonechat (male), 3+ Redwings (near East Hide), 5 Greenfinches, 3
No sign of the Scaup pair on the east flood amongst the many hundreds of wildfowl.
Eastwell Park, 15:00
1 Little Grebe, 1
Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinches.