Sunday, 8 June 2014

Birding East Kent

I'm in the mood for Honey Buzzard and nearly set off north with that in mind this morning but the other half of my brain got the better of me and I headed off to Kent with Jim (leaving the old fella nursing his dodgy leg)
First stop was Grove Ferry where Jim found himself a nice Turtle Dove. We added Marsh Harrier, Common Tern, Cuckoo, Reed-Cetti's and Sedge Warbler, Bullfinch and Whitethroat along with Reed Bunting before moving on to Stodmarsh.

Here we had Bittern, Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Hobby, Bearded Tit and a few others for our trouble. Cuckoo's seem to be doing really well this year as do Bullfinch.


We spent some time scanning the sky hoping for something a bit special and have to admit twitching a little when news of the Short Toed Eagle in Hampshire came through but being 155miles and likely to move on as soon as the thermals were good enough we decided to stick with Kent so we moved on to Elmley on our way back up the A2 and here we found good numbers of Lapwing and Redshank with young and they too seem to have had a very good year in Kent. Marsh Harrier, Skylark and Yellow Wagtail made up the numbers here.

Little Egret

News of two Honey Buzzard at Wykeham this morning and one over Leyton had me wanting the bird just a little more if that were possible.

No ticks today but a decent day with Jim down in Sunny Kent and at least he picked up a tick with the T Dove.....and Honey Buzzard remains on the "to do" list for this year.

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