Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Species list stands at 163 so far for 2017

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December 16th


Very little at a frozen Grove Ferry this morning but, highlights were 4 adult Bewick's Swans on the Ramp pool with 1 Mute Swan and 54 Greylag Geese. Also what must be a 'record' number of Cormorants leaving roost towards the coast. I counted 2757 but, probably missed a few. One flock/string of exiting Cormorants held 930 birds.
Four Bewick's Swans leaving in the glow of a hazy sunlit frozen morning

A very small amount of the 2757 Cormorants leaving at dawn

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Species list stands at 163 so far for 2017

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December 14th


The male Hen Harrier was showing well again this morning between marsh hide and grove road but little else to report apart from a nice male Stonechat and 2 Marsh Harriers
(Bryan East)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Species list stands at 163 so far for 2017

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December 12th


A lovely morning at the reserve today, a hard frost and mostly frozen over except Feast hide where there was 22 Gadwall but not much else. A stunning male Hen Harrier was hunting over the field between Harrison's and middle drove. Apart from that there was 2 Stonechat and 3 Marsh Harrier. The ramp, Harrison's and marsh hide birdless due to the frozen water. 
(Bryan East)

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Species list stands at 163 so far for 2017

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December 6th


I had a quick visit to the ramp this morning and among the 50+ Lapwing was a juvenile Golden Plover but apart from that just the usual Teal and Mallard with 1 Grey Heron and 1 Marsh Harrier. Had a bit of luck while standing against the large gate on Harrisons drove as a Sparrow Hawk made a kill just 30 or so feet away, it did not see me and hidden behind a tree i managed a couple of good shots, the prey i think was a Dunnock.
(Bryan East)
Golden Plover - Bryan East

Sparrowhawk - Bryan East

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The Species list stands at 163 so far for 2017

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December 3rd


The new month started much as the old one parted, with very little to shout about. Teal numbers fluctuate between 400 and 800 with no sign of any Green-winged individuals. The drake Pintail remains on the ramp pool although, no sign of it yesterday 2nd. Twelve or Marsh Harriers on the reserve but no sign of any Hen Harriers this weekend and, the Starling roost is down to about 6000 birds and they no longer seem to roost in the reeds behind ramp pool. They appear to be roosting north of the river in the direction of Upstreet. The Great-white Egret still puts in a daily appearance before jumping the river, and the road, and spending time in the Nethergong area. At least 5 Water Pipits around the Marsh hide area but, not always easy to see plus a couple of pairs of Stonechat, with one pair at Marsh hide and another between metal bridge and Harrison's drove. Highlight today and a first for me was a winter plumaged Black-throated Diver flying south east over me while I was watching Fieldfares in fields south of the path between middle drove and Marsh hide at 9.25 this morning.
Some recent photos from Marsh hide and Feast hide below.
Stonechat

Water Pipit

Wigeon

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Species list stands at 162 so far for 2017

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November 26th

Still very little to report from the Stour Valley except the usual resident birds that, if written about two or there times a week would put any insomniac to sleep. The highlight at Grove Ferry at the moment is the 32,000.00 plus Starlings roosting in the reeds behind the Ramp pool. Duck numbers are still fairly low with 6-700 Teal present, an ever present drake Pintail and a few Mallards, with the occasional Gadwall or Shoveler to be seen. There are a dozen Water Pipits in the area but, unlike most years, are not easy to connect with. Seen from Marsh hide or around the Ramp pool. There is, of course,  Great-white Egret spending time in the Valley at present but, like the Little Egret it is a bird now considered to be one not to cross the road to look at as they are fairly Common. Probably as many as 30 individuals in the county. Hen Harriers are back with two birds roosting at Stodmarsh, a male and a ringtail plus at least 15 Marsh Harriers. There at least 3 Stonechats on site but not big numbers of Fieldfare like we used to get and the Bearded Tits are less numerous than previous years.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Species list stands at 162 so far for 2017

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November 10th

A few updates to the birding list have been made over the last week or so but otherwise it has been mostly a quiet month so far with not much to report than the usual birds seen on every visit. The best sight of the week last weekend was the when 15,000 plus Starlings left their reed bed roost in the early hours of both days making a very wonderful sound. The Marsh Harriers did try to make a meal out of some of them but failed to connect with any. Last Friday 3rd David Feast had a Brambling at the Alder Wood at Stodmarsh while on Sunday 5th Alex Perry had a redhead Smew at the David Feast hide. Yesterday 9th Mark Chidwick had a flyover Hawfinch at the Ramp bring this years total so far to 162.