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.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Species list stands at 159 so far for 2017

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November 2nd

A brief visit to the marsh hide this morning and there were 9 Water Pipits, 2 Stonechats,1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 5 Meadow Pipits and 3 Pied Wagtails at the hide. There is a lot of work being done at the reserve at the moment with ditches being cleared out and small trees uprooted. At the marsh hide you can now see across to the tower hide and the main lake area. The guy with the digger is having to be careful where he lowers the bucket as Water Pipits and Little Egrets search for insects. At the ramp there were 3 Shelduck and 1 blacktailed Godwit. Raptors seen were 3 Marsh Harrier,1 Sparrow Hawk and 2 Kestrel.  Bryan.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Species list stands at 159 so far for 2017

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October 31st

Just got back from Grove Ferry, Cracking Male Hen Harrier, 2500 Starling going in to roost, 2 Sparrowhawks.
(Nick Keem)

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Species list stands at 159 so far for 2017

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October 20th

Still fairly quiet at the reserve in fact monday 16th oct there was not one single bird on the ground at marsh hide, even the juvenile moorhen was no where to be seen. As i was about to leave 2 Water Pipits flew in and stayed for about 15 minutes. At the Grove end today 18th there were approx 100 Teal, 30 Black headed gull, 1 pintail and 1 Grey Heron at the ramp. Quite a few bird's in the bushes at the ramp, 2 Cetti's warblers, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Blue tit 2 Dunnock, and 2 Great tit. At Feast hide there were 2 Shoveller, 5 Gadwall and a few Mallard and Black headed gull, there is a dead male Mallard on the island. At Harrisons there was just 1 Green Sandpiper. Heading up harrisons drove to the river there was a lone Fieldfare and 3 Marsh Harrier's, along the river i saw 2 Goldcrest, 7 Long tailed tit, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. 19th oct i had a quick visit to the marsh hide from the Stodmarsh end and by the recently dredged ditch running from the farm to the hide were 5 Meadow Pipits and at the hide just 1 Kingfisher and 3 Stonechats(Bryan East)

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Species list stands at 159 so far for 2017

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October 11th


Still all very much the same at Grove Ferry and  being almost able to write the script before day breaks, it's just a different order of seeing/hearing them and variation in numbers. Greylags, Teal, Grey Herons, single Shelduck and Pintail, squeals from Water Rail, burst of song from Cetti's Warblers, Kingfisher, Little Grebe and Coot in the first bay of the Ramp and Snipe and Lapwing on the small amount of mud there. On the 9th at Collard's there was a field with good numbers of Pied Wagtail and Chaffinch pus 6 Mistle Thrushes and a young Tree Sparrow (new for the Year) and now quite rare in the Valley while yesterday there was a smart male Ring Ouzel on the Ramp and a full plumaged Mandarin drake from Feast hide. Redwings starting to arrive now with at least 53 on 10th but as yet no Fieldfares.



Mandarin at Feast hide

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Species list stands at 159 so far for 2017

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October 8th


We are into the second weekend of October probably the peak time for migration in Kent, yet still the Stour Valley remains very quiet. The only birds of note being a single Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, a Whinchat, 3 Kingfishers, 1 Pintail and, the ever present first winter Shelduck. The Barn Owl still crosses the reed bed in the early mornings and disappears into the Paddock. Bemoaning the lack of avian delectation Sue Morton, Chiddy and I made our way to the Marsh Hide where, the best birding had been enjoyed in recent weeks. On entering the hide to day we met Michael Linklater who asked us to confirm the id of a bird he had taken a picture of just 15 minutes earlier. There on the back of his Camera was a smart Dartford Warbler a bird never recorded in the Stour Valley before and, despite extensive searching for the next one and half to two hours there was no sign of it just 3 of 5 Stonechats that were noted today. Dejected we headed back toward the Ramp wondering what might be seen on the way. Just before we reached Harrison's Drove a few feet beyond the Metal Bridge we stopped to look in the 'Whinchat' field to see if the one we had seen earlier was still there and, sure enough it was and was joined by 2 Stonechats. I then put my scope straight onto the errant Dartford Warbler we'd been searching for earlier and spent a frantic few minutes trying to get Chiddy and Sue on to it. Half an hour later we had some cracking scope views of this ever mobile bird with Chiddy managing a very record shot as it sat within a bush.
Dartford Warbler - Mark Chidwick


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!!!



A lovely sunny morning at Grove Ferry and there was a Great White Egret at the ramp, one of several Martyn has seen this morning, quite a few Bearded tit's around and 1 Whinchat. At harrisons a Kingfisher was on the branch fishing, 2 caught, when the Great White flew up from the ramp and landed at the far end of the hide. A female Sparrow Hawk was being mobbed by 2 Carrion crows near the river and also seen were 2 Kestrels and 1 Marsh Harrier . There were 3 Common Blue, 1 Peacock, 2 Small White and 1 Red Admiral along harrisons drove.
(Bryan East)

Great-white Egret - Bryan East


Kingfisher - Bryan East