Saturday, 19 November 2011
The sighting of the Great White Egret was not a fly over as I thought, it was seen down on the Military Canal by the Ploddingbirder behind the Wyevale Garden Centre. What normally happens is that by the time the weekend comes and I have the time and daylight to go to see it, the birds have gone, but not this time!. I went to the canal this morning and found the Great White Egret along towards Ruckinge, so a new bird for Hamstreet area for me and a lovely bird to see.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
I saw a report today that a Great White Egret had been seen in Hamstreet. I assume this was flying over and did not see it myself as I was at work. I am not surprised by this as they are seen more regularly now with the one at Dungeness that has been around for some months now.
On Saturday whilst in my garden bird hide (shed) I was watching the birds on the feeders. Plenty of Blue Tits with 9 on the feeders at one time, and the other usual garden birds. The Coal tits have disappeared which is a shame as I enjoyed watching them. About an hour into watching these birds they all flew away from the feeders a Sparrowhawk came hurtling in past my shed and through the bushes chasing the frightened birds, he then landed on a tree for a few seconds before flying off empty handed.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
On leaving my house for work at 6:00 this morning it was nice to hear a Tawny Owl calling from Hamstreet Woods. As it was so quiet it carried well and I stood for 5 minutes by my car listening to it call 7 times. This is the first Tawny Owl I have heard calling in Hamstreet for a few months.
Friday, 28 October 2011
During my week off I turned my shed at the top of the garden into a make shift hide so I could take some better photographs and moved some bird feeders to the plum tree. Yesterday I caught a glimpse of what looked like a Coal Tit. So today I sat in the shed for 2 hours, camera in hand and waited to see what turned up. Within 5 minutes the birds started to come to the feeders, and yes! a Coal Tit, this was really exciting as I had not had one in the garden before. It was coming to the feeders really fast and I started to think that there was more then one, and then I had one on the bird table and one on the feeder at the same time, so I now definitly had 2. I spent the next hour or so trying to get some decent photo's, which was a struggle in the poor light conditions. I then noticed a bird appear at the back of the plum tree which at first I thought was a House Sparrow, but quickly discarded this as a saw a flash of red and then thought it was a Goldfinch, but I could not get a good view. Suddenly the bird flew down to the bird bath to drink and I nearly fell out the shed trying to get my camera up, it was a Redpoll, another first for my garden. Within 5 minutes I had 3 in the surrounding trees and bushes. So 2 new comers in one day to the garden, which brightened up a miserable overcast day. Roll on tommorow.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
I visited a part of Orlestone Forest this afternoon that I had not been to before, to find a Hawfinch that a friend of mine told me had been seen in this area. I spent around 2 hours walking around, waiting for dusk to fall and see if I could hear or see the Hawfinch come to roost. However it was quite windy and overcast at times, threatening to rain and there was no sign of the elusive bird. I did however see 2 parties of Long Tailed Tit's, intermingled with Blue Tits. Just as I was about to give up for the day and leave a party of 15 Siskin's flew over and landed in a tree, which was a bonus as these are the first ones I have seen this Autumn. So no Hawfinch, but that hopefully is for another day.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
I left my house to go to work this morning and it was murky, dark and raining. As I drove out of Hamstreet towards Ruckinge I saw a Little Owl sitting in the road in the headlights. As it did not fly off my first concerns were it was injured but just as I pulled up alongside the car, it looked at me as if to say "fooled you" and flew away. It was so nice to see such a lovely bird so close up and not at the end of my binoculars or telescope. A good start to a miserable day.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
I have lived in the Hamstreet area for nearly 7 years and to date have seen 73 birds, with 58 of these from my garden. I have created the list shown of these birds that I have seen. Most of these have been seen in my garden, around the village, Hamstreet Woods or along the Royal Military Canal between Hamstreet and Ruckinge
A lovely Autumn day and having work to do at home no chance to go out birding. Spent some time in the garden with good views of the normal birds that I get. 2 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, House Sparrows, Wood Pigeons in abundance and the usual flock of noisy Jackdaws. The Autumn Starling flock is increasing with 30-40 birds at times. It was nice to see 3 Goldfinches,which are becoming increasingly more scarce only showing up occasionally.
The highlight of the day was an unusual gathering of circling Herring Gulls high above the village, it made for spectacular site. This afternoon the 2 Kestrels that have been around the fields at the back of my house returned and were constantly mobbed by the Jackdaws and Crows, eventually vanishing having had enough.
Not an exciting day bird wise but a pleasant days weather. With some holiday due from the middle of next week I hope to have more posts of plenty more birding around the area.