Saturday, 30 June 2012

Everything’s coming up Purple


 



Sorry for not posting anything of late but, it has been extremely hard work of late to report anything without repeating the same thing every week. Restharrow at Sandwich has been pretty quiet this year, the Oystercatchers have successfully raised 2 young but the Lapwings seem to be struggling with just one fledged youngster from 3 nests and 7 chicks. There are a fresh 2 at the moment but that may change as they get more adventurous. Have been seeing the Barn Owl regularly over the Scrape and on the 22nd  a juvenile Hobby was perched on a perimeter fence post while the Owl was hunting and when the Owl came up from the ground with a prey item the Hobby flew at the Owl appeared to strike it from above before suddenly turning under the Owl and nicking the prey straight out of the Owls Talons, very bizarre!
Barn Owl at 1000 ISO at Restharrow at 5.00am

Barn Owl at 1000 ISO at Restharrow at 5.00am
Also had Quail on four occasions, the 19th & 20th, 26th and 29th. The Corn Buntings are a regular feature around the Scrape with as many as four being seen. 
Corn Bunting at Restharrow
Grove Ferry/Stodmarsh has had all the expected summer birds with plenty of Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Reed Warblers, lesser numbers of Sedge Warblers and just a couple of Garden Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats. Up to four Bitterns have been present and at least 8 Marsh Harriers but, sadly, the later seem to have failed in breeding as no food passes are being observed and, today both male and female birds were carrying nesting material. There has been up to 7 passage Greenshanks and 3 Spotted Redshanks plus a single Wood Sandpiper and a peak of 12 Green Sandpipers. A maximum of 6 Turtle Doves have been noted, good passage of Common Swifts, very few Swallows and Martins and just 3 Common Terns.
Adult Purple Heron the Oxbow Stodmarsh

Adult Purple Heron the Oxbow Stodmarsh
An adult Purple Heron was found yesterday by Paul Thompson and luckily today Chiddy and I were able to relocate it and it spent all morning in and around the Oxbow giving occasional flight views but often at a distance.
Adult Purple Heron the Oxbow Stodmarsh

Adult Purple Heron the Oxbow Stodmarsh
Just 7 Green Sandpipers today but there were 9 Little Egrets and a juvenile Green Woodpecker was noseing out of it's nest hole. Hopefully returning Waders will be arriving soon and there will be something to write about.
Juvenile Green Woodpecker

4 comments:

  1. Nice account and some great pics Martyn.

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  2. Hi Martyn

    I filmed a food transfer between 2 Marsh harriers on Monday afternoon 25th June from the Marsh Hide. It looked like they had taken a Lapwing chick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L822UguxKLU . I also saw a very brief distant glimpse of the Purple Heron this morning. At least you managed to get some decent photos of it :-)

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  3. Another great account Martyn good to have you back. Great shots of the Purple Heron just very sad that I couldn't join the throng!

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  4. Excellent account Martyn really like the photos of the Purple Heron in flight

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