Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Monday, 29 October 2007
I returned to the raptor viewpoint to see if any owls would lurk out, but it wasn't to be, although 20 Marsh Harriers came into roost, some settling on the fields before flocking up and over the reeds. I also managed to disturb 7x Fieldfares that had settled into a hawthorn by the mound for the night.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Monday, 22 October 2007
Fieldfares and Redwings were also evident for the first time this year on the East Malling Research site this afternoon. I counted 10 and 2 respectively, which based on my past records, actually means there's probably 100x more of each on the site as a whole!
Friday, 19 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
The female Black Redstart was still present at 18:00 when I left work, appearing to roost in one of the chimney pots on the EMB building. Lets hope she's still there tomorrow.
Monday, 15 October 2007
A flock of 32 Mistle Thrushes was seen to roost on the mobile phone mast by Egham Shed as I left work at 17:30 this evening.
Friday, 12 October 2007
Daniel, a visiting student from Poland, searching for the elusive Pectoral Sandpiper (note the crossed fingers!)
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
A visit to Wouldham in my lunch hour failed to turn up a definite sighting of the Pectoral Sandpiper, although 3 Sandpipers were seen, 2x Common Sandpiper and an unidentified 3rd landed distantly on floating vegetation and was lost to view (probably the Pec!). Also in attendance were 20+ Lapwings, 30+ Black-headed Gulls and 2x Common Buzzards, soaring distantly over the Downs, beyond the village. The corpse of a juvenile Common Tern was also found caught up in debris below the concrete wharf. Non-avian interest came in the form of a pristine Brimstone butterfly fluttering along the east bank of the river, behind the church.