Author: Michael

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

11-7-18 including monthly transect. Sparrowhawk pair with 3 chicks, buzzard x 1, stock dove x 6, woodpigeon x 16, rose-ringed parakeet x 1, kingfisher x 3 (Long Lake, past Tyler Hide and past Slingsby Hide), Green woodpecker x 4, great-spotted woodpecker x 3, house martin x 2, grey wagtail x 1, wren x 29, dunnock x 3, robin x 19,…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

8-7-18 Sparrowhawk with 3 chicks reported by the photographers. 7-7-18 Tufted duck x 37 + brood of 2,9,6, lapwing x 45, little ringed plover x 2, sparrowhawk female with 2 chicks, coal tit x 3, swallow x 3, chiffchaff x 2, blackcap x 17, reed warbler x 5, nuthatch x 1, treecreeper x 2, grey wagtail x 1. 4-7-18 Little…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

29-6-18 Lapwing x 3 families: one with 2 part grown chicks on island directly opposite Tyler Hide, and one with 3 part grown chicks (on island to the right of Tyler Hide, later also in the meadow), one with at least 3 fledged birds seen from bench on way to Sutton Hide. Please come in and write your lapwing family…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

13-6-18 Lapwing x 2 families:  one with 2 recently hatched chicks and one with 3 part grown chicks (all seen from Tyler Hide). Heronry update: nest 1: one juvenile, nest 2 abandoned, nest 3: two juveniles, nest 4: adult sitting tight. Monthly Transect Common buzzard x 1, stock dove x 1, woodpigeon x 21, rose-ringed parakeet x 2, green woodpecker…

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Oare Marshes

June 1st 2018: “The weather was very humid and stuffy, a light breeze came from the Swale across the floods. There were plenty of thermals around. The estuary itself on the Oare side was surprisingly bare apart from a few Black-Headed Gulls wading in the shallows. The West Flood had several groups of Mallard and also a group of Greylag…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

29-5-18 Mute swan x 3 (all immature),  shelduck x 3, reed warbler x 5 (1 at Tyler Hide, 4 at Slingsby Hide), 28-5-18 Common sandpiper x 1 (West Lake), little ringed plover x 3, grey wagtail x 2, swift x 5. 27-5-18 Dartford Ringing Group set up mist nets in the fishermen’s car park area and down to the goat…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

23-5-18 Kingfisher x 1 (flew in front of Willow Hide), bullfinch x 2 (calling on the way to Tyler Hide right side of path), sand martin x 4. Heron nest number 1: (2 juveniles left on nest).   20-5-18 Including Webs count Mute swan x 1, greylag goose x 25, Canada goose x 79, Egyptian goose x 3, cormorant x…

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Oare Marshes

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours yesterday and today at Oare Marshes, my first birding trips since last November in Costa Rica. Both days were sunny and warm but with quite a sharp wind on the sea wall. Both days were also fairly quiet birding but, I can add a few to the year list. On both days a…

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