Wednesday, 30 May 2007
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Marsh Harrier flying close past the Bittern Hide at Minsmere (c) Ashley Howe
Then to Minsmere, where a Bittern flew past as soon as we entered the Bittern Hide. Shortly after the first Purple Heron took flight from the reeds and flew right out of view. Bitterns were flying backwards and forwards occasionally and it was later in the afternoon when 2 Purple Herons flew back across at range.
Purple Heron inflight at range from the Bittern Hide at Minsmere (c) Ashley Howe
On the way home we decided to stop of at Thrupp, counting about 30 Red Kites up the M40. It was raining steadily, and as we expected it affected the Scop's Owl. It called briefly at dusk but was neither seen or heard again. We lost hope and decided we could go back another night. 2 Little Owls were there and 2 Kingfishers were on the river.
Friday, 25 May 2007
There was no sign of the American Golden Plover at low tide at Farlington Marshes, though we expect it will return at high tide again, later on in the afternoon. A Curlew Sandpiper was a consellation, as well as Bearded Tits and Little Tern.
Thursday, 24 May 2007
Little Owl on an old concrete 'thing' late in the afternoon (c) Ashley Howe
Temminsk's Stint down to less than 20 feet from us this evening. Showing amazingly well. (c) Ashley Howe For more pictures
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Back to Oare for another listen for the Savi's didn't happen and as a consequence we were back home fairly early.
Great-crested Grebe from one of the hides, the light this time of year is amazing, especially when you capture the reflection well in the water. (c) Ashley Howe
Saturday, 12 May 2007
An approachable Rock Pipit feeding on the groynes with Purple Sandpiper (above) and Turnstones (c) Ashley Howe
Monday, 7 May 2007
The RSPB reserve was dead with nothing besides a few nice views of Yellow Wagtail.
Yellow Wagtail showing closely to the approach road to Denge Marsh (c) Ashley Howe
We dropped into Rye Harbour to lok for Black Terns which had been reported there earlier in the day. Weather was still bad and by the time we had got there, they had cleared off. However good numbers of Mediterranean Gull were breeding and 2 Sanderling showed well at high tide.
Sanderling feeding on the shore line at high tide (c) Ashley Howe
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Hoopoe around the bill area by the higher lighthouse (c) Ashley Howe Female Pied Flycatcher (c) Ashley Howe
At Reap Lane, A Hobby passed over, Redstarts, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and Willow Warblers all put in appearances amongst others.
Female Blackcap in the Observatory garden (c) Ashley Howe
Back to the Observatory where Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Wheatear and Willow Warbler were numerous. At Ferrybridge, Little Terns showed confidingly well, yet Radipole had nothing except 2 Common Terns nearby.
Little Tern hovering by the bridge at Ferrybridge (c) Ashley Howe