Saturday, 9 November 2013

Just Nice to be Out!

With the dark mornings and evenings not allowing for any real type of birding time at all I was very much looking forward to getting out this morning. The forecast was for light winds and sunshine till late morning with rain moving in later. I was out of the house at 5.45am where I had a drive around the area listening and looking for any Owls etc. I managed to see 1 Little Owl and saw 17 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and heard a Golden Plover. After parking up the plan was to walk down the seawall and find and photograph the 2 Shorelarks Chris Hindle had found yesterday. They obviously had other plans for despite trying to find them along with a few other birders, they could not be refound. I carried on down the seawall where I then heard some Sparrows flying my way, a look through the bins and a quick shot with the camera confirming they were 6 Tree Sparrows. They flew around a few times and landed on the seawall itself a few times where they fed briefly before the usual bikes scared them off. A bonus bird to see and nice to see in the open on the seawall, just a shame I could not get a little nearer to get a few better efforts.

Tree Sparrows

I was joined a while later by Julian Perry and Phil Parker where we walked on down to Coldharbour and met up with Chris and Anne Hindle for a chat. After moving on we walked slowly around Coldharbour and back west towards the towers. Birds we noted were 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher, 27 Cormorant, c40 Lapwing, 25 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, c20 Brent Geese, 27 Mallard, c100 Skylark, 7 Reed Bunting and 1 Marsh Harrier was noted with a nice backdrop of Reculver Towers allowing for a quick photo opportunity.

Marsh Harrier

 There were 10 Sanderling, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 8 Grey Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Sparrowhawk. Tomorrows weather looks much better and with a good 20mph north west wind predicted, there will hopefully be a few birds moving on the sea early morning.


  1. Tree Sparrow is one bird I might just get here that i haven't yet marc, I keep hoping !

  2. The Tree Sparrows are amazing, brilliance for you.

  3. Hola, llevo tiempo sin visitar tu blog, pero me doy cuenta que tus imágenes, siguen siendo maravillosas.
    Un gran saludo de un fiel seguidor

  4. Nice pictures .. Congratulations and good weekend ..

  5. WoW! Beautiful photos!
    Have a nice day, RW & SK