Monday, 17 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 16th

Another weekend with very little to report. Still at least 3 Turtle Doves on site but little in the way of waders, just 2 Green Sandpipers and a few Lapwings. A single Lapwing chick is still surviving at Harrison's and 2 Lapwing chicks still at Marsh hide with one of these taking to the water when a Brown Hare came to the waters edge on Sunday. The highlight of Saturday was a Bittern that flew in at Marsh hide, circled the pool before landing in the small patch of reeds in front of the hide. Out of 7 Marsh Harriers seen on Sunday only one! was a juvenile, just 2 Hobbies seen and 1 Common Tern. The highlight for Sunday was on returning to the Ramp there was a single Pintail and an eclipse drake Garganey among the 31 'moulding' Mallards. The Brown Hare was a very welcome sight as was our first Marbled White butterfly of the year.
Brown Hare
Brown Hare
Lapwing chick escaping the presence of a Brown Hare
Marbled White

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 14th

There was a Cattle egret with the Konic's this morning at marsh hide and a Bittern flew up from near the cattle crush and went behind the hide. Could only see 2 of the Lapwing chicks today. A male Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded tit, a couple of Reed Warblers and 2 Little Egrets were also seen on this quick visit. 
(Bryan East)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 9th

Well, this weekend was nowhere near as lively as last week. Without the presence of the Red-footed Falcon there were (a), no birders or photographers meaning just Sue, Dave and I were present and (b), not much in the way of bird life or, for that matter animal or insect life with the dull grey and windy conditions. A juvenile Ringed Plover was on the Ramp pool which, was new for the year, a Bittern was seen , 3 or 4 Green Sandpipers were on different pools and up to 5 Little Egrets were noted. The Ramp bushes were quite lively with juvenile Blue and Great Tits, Reed and Sedge Warblers .Raptors noted were 9 Marsh Harriers, 3 Kestrels and a Common Buzzard. As for Odonata, there were a couple of those common old Green-eyed Hawkers and the odd Emperor and Migrant Hawker seen and our first Willow Emerald Damselfly was behind the Marsh hide on Saturday morning.
Blue Tit

Great Tit

Reed Warbler

Saturday, 8 July 2017

The Species list stands at 149 so far for 2017

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July 7th

I did the circuit this morning starting from Stodmarsh,7am-10am, and as i got near the old boathouse i saw a Stoat dragging something along the track, it saw me and shot into the vegitation allowing me to see it was a squab and still warm so i hid in the bushes and it came back and dragged it off, a very good start to the morning. Bird's seen on my way round were 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier ( 1 juvenile ), 2 juvenile and 1 adult Great tit, 6 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Bearded tit, 1 Kestrel, 1 male Sparrowhawk and approx 30 Goldfinch on the thistles near marsh hide. At the hide were 3 Lapwing chicks and 2 adults. At Harrisons the Coot that was nesting has 2 chick's that I could see and another Coot was building another nest. A few Skylark's and Reed Warbler's were seen and 5 Jay's. Butterfly's seen were Speckled Wood, Large and Small White, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Gate Keeper and Meadow Brown
(Bryan East)
Stoat - Bryan East

Stoat and Squab - Bryan East

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Species list stands at 148 so far for 2017

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July 2nd

This weekend was mostly spent watching the first summer or, second calendar year, male Red-footed Falcon found by Kieron McDonnell last Sunday and taken up residence. This bird also constituted a new British bird for Dave Sutton and a lifer for Bernie Weight. Sue had to wait until today for this year tick as she was away on holiday. Where it roosts is a mystery but, this morning I picked it up coming in over the Alder wood at Stodmarsh, flying low over the reed bed behind Marsh hide and low over the fields before eventually settling in the same bush as yesterday and even the same branch where, as it did yesterday, spent 40 minutes preening before taking flight and putting on a show for the many delighted observers. Other birds noted this weekend included at least 6 Turtle Doves, a moulting summer plumaged Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, 2 new very tiny baby Lapwings, 3 Hobbies and 7 Marsh Harriers. Today there was an eclipse drake Garganey at Harrison's Drove hide (new for the year for Sue and I!!!) a juvenile Water Rail creeping around the back edges of Harrison's and 2 Bitterns seen on both days. At least 3 Yellowhammers present along Middle Drove and many Skylarks. On the non birding side, Odonata included the most common species in the Stour Valley with at least a dozen Green-eyed Hawkers present. Its good to see the Red-footed Falcon munching his way through several of these! Also noted were 2 Brown Hawkers, 2 Emperor Dragonflies, 1 Migrant Hawker and 1 Black-tailed Skimmer.

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Red-footed Falcon
Konik Pony

Green-eyed Hawker

Emperor Dragonfly

Brown Hawker

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Species list stands at 148 so far for 2017

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June 30th

A quick visit to the Grove ferry end to see if the Red-footed Falcon was still about and was lucky to see it perched on a Hawthorn tree in the fields between Harrisons and Middle drove .Also saw a male Marsh Harrier with a Vole heading towards the marsh hide area. A couple of Yellowhammers at middle drove too.  
(Bryan East)
Red-footed Falcon - Bryan East

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Species list stands at 148 so far for 2017

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June 28th

A brief visit to the Grove Ferry end this morning and not much at the ramp ,a few Mallard 1 Little Egret and a Mute Swan with cygnets. At Harrison's were 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret and 2 Lapwing chick's. Heading back towards Feast hide i saw 11 Snipe fly over and 1 male and 1 female Marsh Harrier. At the hide were 3 Grey Heron and 1 Turtle Dove
(Bryan East)
Grey Heron - Bryan East

Turtle Dove - Bryan East

The Turtle/Terrapin appears to be a Yellow-bellied Slider, with the nearest captive population Wingham Wildlife Park, Thanks to Nick Keem for this information