Despite the gloomy weather and cold easterlies of late, various trips out have been made, plus a few interesting sightings on the commute to and from work.
Hothfield, 09:00 to 11:00, Hothfield Heathlands KWT
16 Mandarin Ducks, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1
Kestrel, 2 Lapwings (flew over), 1 Snipe, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1
Robin, 1 Redwing, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 1
Potman's Heath, 12:00 to 13:00
7 Pintails (incl 4 drakes
with large numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Mallard), 2 Cormorants, 2 Redwing (one
field contained 5 species of Thrush).
Appledore, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (in a ditch by Appledore Turkey
Farm), 1 Marsh Harrier (immature), 1 Green Sandpiper (flushed by the Marsh Harrier
from the ditches by Fairfield Church).
26 Waxwings (in tree by entrance to Park Wood Trading
Estate, Sutton Road).
11 Waxwings (flew over Godinton Park towards Singleton) - cleaning the car does have its birding benefits.
Conningbrook GP, 17:00 to 18:00
4 Mute Swans, c20
Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Pintail (incl 1 drake), 2 Shoveler, 15 Pochard, 1 Scaup (female with Tufted Ducks and Pochard - 2nd record for us here - this
bird had relocated to Eastwell Lake on the 4th March.), 6 Little Egrets (roosting
on middle lake), 1 Grey Heron, 4 Kestrels, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted
Woodpecker, c60 Fieldfare (roosting), 1 Chiffchaff.
Seaton Gravel Pits, 10:00 to 12:00
5 Pintails (incl 3
drakes on main lake), 2 Goldeneyes (a pair on the smaller lake viewed from
footpath), 2 Goosanders (a pair on the main
lake), 1 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes,
1 Slavonian Grebe (on main lake but no sign of
Black-necked Grebe), 1 Bittern (flushed along
the Little Stour), 2 Marsh Harriers, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Mediterranean
Gull (adult in advanced summer plumage moult with Herring, Black-headed and
Common Gulls), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted
Woodpeckers (drumming), 4 Grey Wagtails (2 by the car
parking area, 1 along Little Stour between the pits & 1 in Wickhambreux on the bridge by
the mill), 2 Long-tailed Tits.
1 Kingfisher (Pickleden Lane
- bridge over the River Stour) - a nice find by Angela.
1 Barn Owl (hunting by
Odiam Farm, Bethersden Road) - a pleasant sight on my way home today.