Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Best Broadwater day yet

It's been a while since I updated. Been so busy, my wife went away for the weekend and then was working lots of hours in half term, so I have been looking after the boys and trying to ignore the fact that there were 2 British ticks in Kent for a few days.

Going back to the 22nd I took my wife up to Chatham area for a appointment, left early to do a quick Oare marshes visit. It ended up being a very quick visit as the weather was atrocious and took forever to get there. Probably out the car for about 15 minutes, although you can do some from the car. Loads of ducks there and a small group of Rock Pipit which was my only year tick for the day. Was hoping to maybe get a Red Kite over while driving but no way with that weather.

Next day I went over to Broadwater for a long visit. It paid off as I saw the most species in one visit I have had. All the usual suspects - Robin, Kestrel, Woodpigeon, Crow, Blue Tit, Wren, G.S.Woodpecker, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Pheasant, Buzzard, Magpie, Great Tit. Jackdaw and Goldcrest again. There were 2 Mallard flying over as well as my first Geese for the site,12 greylag Geese, Starling and Black-headed Gull also flew over. Still plenty of gorgeous Yellowhammer, another favourite of mine Coal Tit and Jay, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker and Long-tailed Tit. The new site species for me were the best though. 2 Meadow Pipit, feeding on ground, Redwing and Fielfdfare, only 2 Redwing but a good number of Fieldfares. The bird of the day was however in the car park as I was putting everything away. A Raven flew over with its distinctive call and obvious wedge tail. A excellent day all round.


My local park on way to visiting my parents.


Thought I had a couple more photos to put on, but can't seem to find them.
Will put them on the next update along with a couple of Moths and a Persian Ironwood tree.