Wednesday, 22 February 2017

No moths this morning and just 1 Purple Sandpiper at Hampton Pier, Herne Bay this afternoon.

Purple Sandpiper

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mild weather has meant the moths have started arriving with a Hebrew Character and Chestnut yesterday, and this morning a new tortrix for the garden. Picture below:

Acleris cristana

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Just back from 10 days Birding in Calgary where the highlights were 6 species of Owl, 2 Gyrfalcons, Black-backed Woodpecker and Golden Eagle. More photos will appear on my Flickr site shortly.

Great Grey Owl

 Golden Eagle on road kill.

 Gyrfalcon

Friday, 3 February 2017

Having been suffering from one of these viruses for sometime I finally got to Dungeness today. We started at the ARC where liitle was to be seen but at the patch, roosting on the beach were both a Glaucous and an Iceland Gull (2 of the latter were reported later). After lunch we went round the main part of the RSPB reserve where highlights were: Ring-necked Duck, Long-eared Owl, 3 Goosander, 1 Smew, 7 White-fronted Geese, 1 Ruff, a drake Goldeneye in front of the Makepeace hide, and a 2nd sighting of the Glaucous Gull making a visit from the patch. On the way over to Rye the Red-necked Grebe and a Little Egret were on the pool just west of Camber. A good day.

Iceland Gull

 Goldeneye

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The first moth of the year appeared next to the trap on Sunday morning-it's a start. On Sunday I had a fairly distant view of a Short-eared Owl behind the Oyster Farm at Reculver and the Barn Owl showed well at Reculver late afternoon the same day.

Mottled Umber

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

I had very good day in the Dungeness/E. Sussex border area today. At the ARC there was a Bittern in front of the Hanson Hide glimpsed from behind the only glass window but unfortunately it flew when the I gingerly opened the first hatch. A Great White Egret was also there. The Ring-necked Duck was in the usual place. We failed with the Stonechat, and there was little at the Patch, but a 2nd Winter Caspian Gull showed well near the Fish Hut. Two Slavonian Grebes were on the New Diggings and after lunch at the back of Scotney Farm there was a Black-necked Grebe on the pit east of the track. Further along a Buzzard was noted and to the west of the pits a Ringtail Hen Harrier showed well. Finally, we headed off to Pett Level via Camber. The Red-necked Grebe showed well on the pool just past the village, but seemed not to be there when I returned on the way back. At Pett Level the 5 Taiga Bean Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese where with numerous Greylags, Canadas, and 5 (presumably feral?) Barnacle Geese. With Little Grebes and Great Crested Grebes at Scotney and elsewhere that meant we'd manged to see 5 species of Grebe in a day.

Red-necked Grebe

Friday, 30 December 2016

Looking back over the year the following were the highlights:

1.The best of my garden moths wete 5 Convolvulus Hawk-moths recorded in September. Finally getting round to palnting the free packet of Nicotiana seeds from Atropos magazine paid off spectacularly.

2. The Great Grey Owl I photographed near Calgary was the bird of the year. I'd been trying to get good pictures of this species for a few years. This one seemed oblivious to a few photographers and caught 3 voles while we watched.

3. My Kent bird of the year was the Hobby which gave very close views on the ARC pit track at Dungeness on a miserable spring day.

 Great Grey Owl
 Hobby
 Convolvulus Hawk-moth