The Stour Valley list for 2019 stands at 100 species so far.
Not a great deal around at Grove/Stodmarsh at the moment with most birds out by 8.00am. There were no sign of the family of Bewick's Swans this weekend but a ringtail Hen Harrier showed well from the Ramp while 11 Marsh Harriers left roost including a female that appeared to have white wing tags but, on better and closer views the white 'tags' were actually white feathering, more prominent on the left wing (a strange look). Today Sue, Chiddy and I decided to spend some time in the Trenleypark Wood complex in search of two hard to get species. Chiddy encountered one of these early on but Sue and I missed it but, hopefully we will catch up with Marsh Tit on another visit. Five species of Tit, 2 Woodcock, 5 Common Buzzards and 3 species of Woodpecker including the most sought after Lesser-spotted with a displaying pair ranging quite widely. An excellent morning.