Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Species list stands at 156 so far for 2017

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September 24th


Al still fairly quiet at Grove Ferry at the moment and with still no muddy fringes it looks like this year will be a Spotted Crake free zone, even the Water Rails aren't showing as well as they normally would!. Occasional Green Sandpiper from the Ramp, Feast or Harrison's hides but the best for waders at present is Marsh hide although, with the water level dropping at Marsh hide the birds have moved to the adjacent non viewable pool but, recent days there has been 4 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 2 Wood Sandpipers and 3 Green Sandpipers here (thanks Steve Ashton for the Dunlin and Wood Sand news). There were plenty of Ducks and geese on the Ramp pool this morning but counting was completely obliterated by a dozen shotguns going of as some Greylags passed over the next field to the reserve boundary thus causing absolute panic on the pool with birds off in all directions. A couple of minutes later just 2 Lapwing and 5 or 6 Teal were all that was left!!! A Kingfisher was performing well at Harrison's hide catching a small Frog, Fish and regular hovering. Highlight, however, toady was as I had just crossed the iron bridge between Harrison's and Middle droves a flock of 7 Great-white Egrets flew past me heading out towards Pegwell/Sandwich at 08:30. Back on the Ramp at 09:00 and very little there except 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Great-white Egret. Seven Great-white Egrets is a record number for the Stour Valley with the highest count being 3 birds together just 2 years ago.
Six of todays seven Great-white Egrets,
sadly I was to late extracting the camera
and they had passed before I got a shot off!!!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Species list stands at 156 so far for 2017

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September 14th


A visit to the marsh hide this morning from the Grove end and there were approx 40 Lapwing and 4 Ruff on the waterlogged field to the left of the hide. In front were 1 Green and 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 juvenile Lapwing and 10 Snipe. Other birds seen were 3 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Grebe,4 0+ Goldfinch mostly juveniles and 3 Swallow's. At the begining of the week, 10th,there was a Mink crossing the river near the water meadow. There were a few Butterflies seen, 1 Clouded Yellow ,3 Speckled Wood, 3 Comma, 5 Small White, 1  Red Admiral, 1 Peacock.
(Bryan East)
Little Grebe - Bryan East

Green and Wood Sandpiper - Bryan East

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Species list stands at 156 so far for 2017

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September 13th


Highlights of the past few days. Monday and today there were gale force westerly winds which kept small birds at a premium but Tuesday was a mere gentle breeze and passerines were more on show with upwards of 110 Goldfinches between Harrison's and Middle Drove plus, there 12 Meadow Pipits, 14 Blackcaps, 11 Sedge Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whitethroats, 3 Dunnocks, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Lesser Whitethroats. 1 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warblers and our first Stonechat of the Autumn, a fine male. Contrast today and, although the Goldfinches were still present there was just 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 female Blackcap and the male Stonechat. Bird of the day on Monday (11th) was a fly through ringtail Montagu's Harrier that passed the Ramp at 06:20 towards the coast and at Marsh hide (the place where the best birding is at present) were 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 young Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Snipe and a Wood Sandpiper all but the Greenshank present yesterday and today. Yesterday and Osprey flew up river towards Stodmarsh before veering north over the fields plus among the raptors noted were 1 Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawks, 9 Marsh Harriers, 5 Kestrels and 17 Common Buzzards. No sign today of the 1st winter Shelduck that had been present until Tuesday but 3 Garganey were still on the mud from the  Ramp including two eclipse drakes. A Barn Owl was hunting over fields beside the Ramp early doors before moving to the back of the Oxbow.

Ruff 

Gadwall

Stock Doves

Wood Sandpiper


Monday, 4 September 2017

he Species list stands at 155 so far for 2017

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September 2nd/3rd

The morning of Saturday 2nd started with the call of a Greenshank coming from the Ramp area where there were also several Lapwing, 1 juvenile Ruff, 30 Greylag Geese, 3 Pochards and 3 Garganey but, no sign of the still calling Greenshank. Teal numbers are slowly growing, a Little Egret is still in attendance and at least 4 juvenile Marsh Harriers on site plus 5 or 6 adults. The best of the birds at the moment seem to be at Marsh hide where there was 5 of todays 6 Green Sandpipers, 1 juvenile Ruff, 3 Greenshanks, several Meadow Pipits, a high flying Great-crested Grebe over and a showy Bittern. Other birds included 1 Kingfisher showing well at Harrison's, 4 Whinchats, 70+ Goldfinch, 3 Water Rails, an adult and juvenile Common Tern and a Common Buzzard. Sunday was just a short visit but the 3 Garganey were still off the Ramp, a single Whinchat in fields beside the Ramp and a fly through Sparrowhawk. There was a Wheatear along Harrison's drove by Savi's pool, 2 Kingfishers flew down river and a Spotted Flycatcher was doing just that in the Paddock on the way out.





Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Species list stands at 154 so far for 2017

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August 29th

2 juvenile Ruff and 2 Green Sands from a very brief visit to the Marsh hide this evening and a Barn Owl and 2 Hobbies seen out over the Water Meadows from Paddies Bench.
(Steve Ashton)
 
The Species list stands at 154 so far for 2017

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August 26th-28th

Of note over the Bank holiday weekend was an adult winter Little Stint on the small amount of visible mud from the Ramp on Saturday morning but no further sign the rest of the weekend, there were also 6 Garganey from the Ramp on Saturday, just 2 drake Garganey from Feast hide on Sunday and Monday was shrouded in fog most of the morning and no Garganey were seen. After the first 2 Whinchats arrived last weekend, only one appears to present this weekend. The area that seems to be most productive is in front of Marsh hide with up to 6 Green Sandpipers, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 11 Snipe and a juvenile Ruff present on most days. No Further sign of last weeks eclipse Mandarin but Duck numbers are slowly increasing with Teal starting to show up, also several hundred Mallards passing through during the early hours. A Curlew was calling in the fog on Sunday morning but remained unseen and 1 of the juvenile/immature Shelducks is still hanging around. Juvenile Marsh Harriers are seen at the Grove end with another 2-3 putting on a show at Marsh hide. There appears to have been a clear out of Warblers with only a few Reed and Sedge noted and only 1 Whitethroat on Sunday. Hopefully the Autumn will gather pace during September and October.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Species list stands at 154 so far for 2017

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August 27th

I saw a Wryneck  today, about midday, Hamilton Drove, just outside the reserve gate. It flew up into one of the two small trees, perched and gave me a good view.
(Charlie Fison)