Ray O' Reilly, trip leader writes:- "The July 2022 Kent Ornithological Society Field Outing took place on Sunday 24th. We spent the morning visiting Cliffe Pools RSPB and drove to Oare Marshes NR for the afternoon.

 We seem to have reached a default pattern of weather for these outings nowadays that is dry (hot), sunny and very very windy! We managed 70 species but it was difficult recording many passerines (small song birds). Our participants were a diverse group that included a very keen 8 year old called Daniel Hale whose grandfather was a famous ornithologist who worked with Eric Hosking! 

Ray O'Reilly, KOS Outdoor Meetings Organiser, writes 

Ray O' Reilly, KOS Outdoor Meetings organiser, writes:

We carried out our Annual Nightjar walk on the evening of Friday 27th May, meeting in the carpark ar Broadwater Warren RSPB Reserve.  A Song Thrush serenaded our arrival, and numerous Willow Warblers sang and, at times, showed themselves in the  Birch trees.  We recorded at least double figures of the species.  Stonechats and obliging Cuckoos were also seen, but the highlight was the group seeing up to six Nightjars well, with a pair calling and wing-clapping above our heads.  The sight of these lovely enigmatic birds added their usual magic to a clear still dusk in early Summer woodland, and a very happy group of members made their way back to the carpark!

 

Ray O'Reilly reports on the latest KOS field meeting which this month visited Stodmarsh.

This month's Kent Ornithological Society Field Trip began on Sunday 24th April at Dungeness seawatching hide, where we started an epic day that yielded 84 species (no Moorhen again!) and stunning views of many of the birds seen.

Today’s Field Trip started and finished with good birds around Car Parks, Shore Larks to begin with and a Short-eared Owl to finish. The weather was perfect for birding with some good light on Sheppey.

Our October KOS Field Outing was on the last day of the month and we spent the day on The Isle of Sheppey. A wet start found us working our way up the Elmley NR entrance track and then onto the hides. The Wellmarsh Hide was nicely sheltered from the elements and being high tide there was plenty of toing and froing especially dabbling duck suck as Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall and Wigeon and waders like Redshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Turnstone, Grey Plover and at least 30 Common Snipe. The latter species huddled together sheltering from the adverse weather. A brief sortie to the Counterwall Hide found it to be in the full force of the weather and unable to even open the flaps. Not so the Southfleet Hide this was again nicely sheltered and good numbers of duck could be studied and discussed at close range.

A field outing to Dungeness in September always produces something and our Sunday 19th trip was no exception. We recorded 77 Species, a list that was augmented by our afternoon Seawatch where we had 9 Arctic Skuas including birds that were harassing Sandwich Terns right in front of us. A breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver that sat on the sea was admired by all, a few Brent Geese, Common Guillemot, Common Tern and Common Scoter. A flock of around 40 Kittiwake also rested on the sea and among them were several Mediterranean Gulls.

I led today’s Kent Ornithological Society Field Outing to Dungeness, 21st August, and we had a great day out. Once again we had seasoned regulars with two newbies, experiencing a day that 84 species were recorded.

Nowadays we are getting used to running KOS Field Outings in extreme weather conditions and Sunday’s 18th July 2021 was no exception, with it being the hottest day of the year so far with very little shade for much of the day and virtually no breeze. Also by mid July there is little bird song to assist the location of passerines, but with that said we still clocked up 80 Species at Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill.

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