30 July 2010

Friday 30th July
Willow Warbler
I was out for a few hours this morning but still didn't have time to properly cover all the areas, there was a little arrival of migrants overnight and wandering round in sunny/overcast conditions it felt with a little more time it may of been even better. There was a slight increase in warbler numbers including 17 Willow Warblers, 13 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps and a single Chiffchaff, a Crossbill headed west over the main entrance at 7:30am, with 6 Swallows, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 15 Linnets, 70 Starlings, 32 Ring-necked Parakeets and 4 Long-tailed Tits also noted.

Thursday 29th July

Green Woodpeckers
It was another short session out this morning between 5:50 - 7:25am, which produced 8 Willow Warblers, 10 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 25 Swallows, 2 Rooks, 46 Ring-necked Parakeets, 15 Linnets, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 10 Starlings and 2 Long-tailed Tits with singles of House Martin, Swift and Sparrowhawk.

Swallows on my roof top
I'm quite lucky where I live as I have 3 separate gardens adjoining the property, with the different types of habitat available it can produce a nice variety of birds, today's highlights included 40 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin which spent most of the time feeding around the gardens, and enjoying what sunshine there was on the roof of the house, also today 1 Willow Warbler which spent 15 minutes along the hedgerow.

Wednesday 28th July

I was out from 5:50 - 7:20am, which produced a very good early arrival of 16 Willow Warblers, I didn't have time to cover all the areas in this short spell so there could off been a few more. Other highlights included 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 10 Linnets and 32 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Tuesday 27th July

Of interest there was 2 Willow Warblers in the garden today.

Saturday 24th July

For the first time in a few weeks I was once again back on the local patch, it was nice to get back to normality although it was hard going at first after a little time off. Highlight of the day was surprisingly a Chaffinch a rare bird here in July, apart from that there was 1 Sand Martin east, 12 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 6 Linnets, 45 Swallows, 4 Swifts, 2 House Martins, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 22 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Monday 19th July

Dave Gilbert and I ventured to Dungeness tonight to watch the superb WHITE TAILED PLOVER/LAPWING which although fairly distant did show well at times, also some information came to light on George the Herring Gull, and as suspected it was ringed at Pitsea Landfill Site on the 11th October 2009, and is the first sighting since its release.

Thursday 15th July
(Herring Gull or George as he is called now waiting for chocolate cake)

(Ring Number F A 9.T)

I had a phone call from my sister on Sunday saying that for the last 4 weeks she has had a Herring Gull coming down into the garden with an orange ring on its leg. She also explained that she was feeding it on a regular basis (great), and that the bird is becoming (not surprising) very tame. I was certainly very excited to hear this news and luckily we already had a family tea booked there that day anyway. As soon as the food arrived in the garden I didn't have to wait long for my guest (or his new name George as my sister calls him) to arrive. Tame she says well she wasn't wrong there considering up to 10 people were present in the garden this little beast was unfazed and just sat on the next door neighbours shed watching for any lingering scraps just a mere 6ft away, he proceeded to do this for at least 20 minutes before being rewarded with a nice slice of chocolate cake. Anyway here are the pictures and as soon as I know any details I will post the results on the website, or if anybody beats me to it if they could let me know that would be great. 

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