Saturday, 18 March 2023

A very wet morning watch that produced my first Arctic Skuas of the year. This afternoon was very slow in the bright sunshine.
The Cattle Egrets and Glossy Ibises were reported as being present, despite there being a number of observers around the peninsula nothing else of any note was reported.
 06.30 - 11.00 & 14.00-16.00 from the hide with CP, RW, SM.
Brent Goose: 412E 
Mute Swan: 2E
Shelduck: 2E
Teal: 3E  
Velvet Scoter: 2E
Common Scoter: 433E     17W
Red-breasted Merganser: 6E
Wood Pigeon: 1E in off
Great-crested Grebe: 6  on  
Oystercatcher: 12E
Kittiwake: 194E
Little Gull: 10E
Mediterranean Gull: 7E
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 12E
Sandwich Tern: 42E
Great Skua: 1E
Arctic Skua: 2E
Guillemot: 471E     8W
Razorbill: 8E
Auk sp: 437E     36W
Red-throated Diver: 105E  6W    
Fulmar: 6E   1W 
Gannet: 679E    
Cormorant: present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 7
Grey Seal: 1
The drake Scaup was still at Camber yesterday

Thursday, 16 March 2023


Brent Geese passing today
The sea watching is gradually improving, with my first Velvet Scoters and Little Gulls of the year.
06.30 - 10.00 & 13.30-15.30 from the hide withCP, OL, PE, RW, MH
Brent Goose: 1,999E  in 33 parties 
Shelduck: 8E
Shoveler: 2E     3W
Teal: 21E  
Pochard: 3E  (all drakes)
Common Scoter: 184E        13W
Velvet Scoter: 2E
Red-breasted Merganser: 4W (all drakes)
Great-crested Grebe: 79E    110 on  
Oystercatcher: 4E
Curlew: 8E
Kittiwake: 51E
Little Gull: 19E
Mediterranean Gull: 15E
Sandwich Tern: 41E
Guillemot: 211E     3W
Auk sp: 250E   
Red-throated Diver: 163E  19W     1 on 
Fulmar: 6E   1W 
Gannet: 107E      7W  
Cormorant: present n/c
Wood Pigeon: 1E in off
Carrion Crow: 1E in off
Harbour Porpoise: 3
No reports of any Wheatears or Swallows on the peninsula today, 11 Cattle Egrets were seen by the airport road today by CP, the Glossy Ibises are still around, as are a couple of Dartford Warblers but very little else migrant wise.
The lone Greater White-fronted Goose is still hanging around

Wednesday, 15 March 2023


The first Wheatears of the year arrived on the peninsula today. A Merlin was hunting very nearby.
Brent Geese over the bouy
07.10 - 10.00 & 13.45-15.30 from the hide with OL

Brent Goose: 253E  in 13 parties
Tufted Duck: 13E  (7 + 6)
Common Scoter: 27E
Great-crested Grebe: 52 on  
Egret sp: 1E ou to sea
Oystercatcher: 10E     2W
Kittiwake: 10E
Mediterranean Gull: 2E
Guillemot: 12E    10 on
Auk sp: 40E   
Red-throated Diver: 94E   11W 
Great Northern Diver: 1E
Gannet: 3E     2W 
Cormorant: present n/c
Jackdaw: 1W
Harbour Porpoise: 11
1 of at least 11 Harbour Porpoises offshore today
How times have changed, an hours sky watching from my little balcony for a Red Kite saw 2 Glossy Ibis, 7 Cattle egrets, 3 Great White Egrets, several each of Little Egret and Grey Heron, Ravens, Peregrine, Common Buzzards and Marsh Harriers but no Red Kite.
Cattle Egrets back at Cockles Bridge

Monday, 13 March 2023


If you take away the Brent Geese numbers today was a very modest sea watch considering the wind was force 7-9 South Westerly.
07.10 - 10.00 from the hide with RW, OL. 
Brent Goose: 953E  in 15 parties
Shoveler: 3W
Teal: 3E  1W
Common Scoter: 14E
Great-crested Grebe: 4 on  
Oystercatcher: 1E
Curlew: 6E
Dunlin: 1W
Kittiwake: 41E
Black-Headed Gull: 72E
Mediterranean Gull: 13E
Common Gull: 43E
Guillemot: 48E     4 on
Auk sp: 31E   
Red-throated Diver: 37E  1 on 
Fulmar: 2E    
Gannet: 273E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Skylark: 7 in
Harbour Porpoise: 2
As it was so windy today was the day to get domestic stuff done.
Yesterdays very brief 2nd calendar year Iceland Gull that flew west past the sea watch hide
The Cockles Bridge Cattle Egrets seem to have relocated to the airport road, the Ibises are still present but elusive. There are up to 3 Water Pipits present between Boulderwall and the hay fields but also elusive and easily flushed by people on the footpaths around the hay fields, the lakes are holding a few Goldeneye but little else of note, though it is very difficult to look properly with out Firth, Makepiece and Scott hides.
A couple of the long staying Ruff at Dengemarsh yesterday

Wednesday, 8 March 2023


One of flocks of Pintail past the sea watch hide today in the rain
An excellent 6 hrs sheltering in the sea watch hide from the biting East wind and rain produced a decent movement of Pintail and Brent Geese, a surprise 75 Bar-tailed Godwits and highlights of 2 Long-tailed Duck that came past with 4 Common Scoter.
08.00 - 14.00 from the hide with RW, OL. Many thanks to Owen for the Coffee and Chocolate.
Brent Goose: 1,223E  in 18 parties
Shelduck: 3E
Shoveler: 7E
Wigeon: 28E 
Pintail: 128E in 9 parties
Teal: 10E  
Common Scoter: 14E
Long-tailed Duck: 2E  both 1w/female
Great-crested Grebe: 21 on  
Oystercatcher: 8E
Grey Plover: 3E
Ringed Plover: 4E 
Bar-tailed Godwit: 75E     
Sanderling: 2E
Dunlin: 121E in 13 parties
Common Snipe: 1E
Kittiwake: 3E
Mediterranean Gull: 3E
Sandwich Tern: 1E
Guillemot: 19E  6 on 
Auk sp: 66E   
Red-throated Diver: 81E  17W     4 on 
Fulmar: 2E   1W  
Gannet: 262E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 5
Grey Seal: 2
Some of the closer Brent Geese
Gannets making light of the weather conditions
Brent Geese and Pintail
Another party of Pintail

Monday, 6 March 2023


The 7 Cattle Egrets still at Cockles Bridge today

A slight improvement with the first Eider and Avocet past this year. 
07.30-09.30 & 13.40-15.00 with RW & OL
Brent Goose: 321E   3W
Teal: 13E
Wigeon: 15E
Eider: 3E all adult drakes
Common Scoter: 52E     1W
Great-crested Grebe: 37on  
Avocet: 1E
Ringed Plover: 3 present
Kittiwake: 38E  
Guillemot: 58E     7WE   8 on
Auk sp: 75E  30W 
Red-throated Diver: 67E  19W     2 on   
Gannet: 88E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Perergrine: 1 in off
Reed Bunting: 1 behind hide
Harbour Porpoise: 3
Grey Seal: 1
A look around the marsh today found no wild Swans, so I assume they have now all gone, hopefully returning in November. Apart from a flock of c200 Fieldfare with a few Redwing there was little else to be seen on the marsh. The Sward and main lake at Scotney were both very quiet, just a handful of Wigeon and some injured feral geese.

Sunday, 5 March 2023


Brent Geese passing this morning
A cold grey day with lighter North winds did not produce much variety on the sea, just a steady trickle of Gannets.
07.50-10.00 & 14.00 - 15.00 with RW:
Brent Goose: 505E
Common Scoter: 20E     5W
Red-breasted Merganser: 4W
Kittiwake: 101E  
Mediterranean Gull:1E   
Guillemot: 67E   8W     12 on
Auk sp: 677E   
Red-throated Diver: 69E.     7W   
Gannet: 652E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Merlin: 1 in off the sea
Harbour Porpoise: 4
Grey Seal: 3
Grey Sea hauled out at the fishing boats again today
14 Bewick Swans on Burrowes this morning
Leaving Burrowes

The Bewick Swans flew high north to the East of Lydd where they circled several times gaining more height before heading off NE and lost to view, presumably on their first stage back to Russia. Also on Burrowes were 12 Goldeneye, 2 Pintail which were the first I have seen here for several weeks and 2 Black-tailed Godwits flew over high East. The 3 Whooper Swans were not seen today but the 2 Ibises were again in the area of the horse paddocks and the 7 Cattle Egrets were still at Cockles Bridge today, Dartford Warblers were again seen around the Long Pits.

Saturday, 4 March 2023


As the recent sea watches have been so poor I certainly wasn't expecting this morning to be any different, for the first 45 minutes there was a trickle of Divers, Gannets and Auks, quite suddenly large flocks of Red-throated Divers and Gannets started appear, then after about 90 minutes the movement stopped completely, barely any birds came through in the next half hour. It was amazing to see so many Divers, far and away the biggest count I have witnessed.
 07.45 - 10.15 from the hide with RW
Brent Goose: 114E. 7 flocks
Shelduck: 3E
Shoveler: 15E
Pintail: 3E
Red-breasted Merganser: 4E
Great-crested Grebe: 9E   17 on  
Oystercatcher: 5E
Kittiwake: 75E  
Mediterranean Gull: 3E   
Guillemot: 41E   
Razorbill: 1E
Auk sp: 65E   
Red-throated Diver: 2,352E   
Gannet: 633E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Sparrowhawk: 1 in off the sea
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 2
Common Seal: 1

The Cattle Egrets were again at Cockles Bridge and the 2 Ibises were in the Horse Paddock, I have heard of no other news apart from 4 Avocets and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on Burrowes today.

Friday, 3 March 2023


Some of the 102 Great-crested Grebes in front the hide with a photo bombing Harbour Porpoise
Another freezing session in the sea watch hide, very average numbers of birds lacking in quality.
 07.30 - 10.00 from the hide: 
Common Scoter: 7E
Red-breasted Merganser: 2W together both drakes
Great-crested Grebe: 102 on  
Oystercatcher: 6E
Curlew: 2E
Kittiwake: 8E  
Mediterranean Gull: 1E   Adult
Guillemot: 83E    7 on
Razorbill: 8W
Auk sp: 124E   
Red-throated Diver: 308E  14W     3 on   
Gannet: 269E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 4
Grey Seal: 2
As it was so cold and miserable today I spent the afternoon at the cinema watching All Quiet On The Western Front, a brilliant but harrowing film to watch, thoroughly recommended.

Thursday, 2 March 2023


A very chilly couple of hours sea watching this morning for scant reward.
07.30 - 10.00 from the sea watch hide: 
Brent Goose: 31E
Shelduck: 1E
Pintail: 3E
Great-crested Grebe: 7E    16 on  
Curlew: 1E
Kittiwake: 10E  
Mediterranean Gull: 1E   Adult
Guillemot: 72E    6 on
Auk sp: 31E   
Red-throated Diver: 144E   2 on 
Fulmar: 7E    
Gannet: 178E   
Cormorant: present n/c
Harbour Porpoise: 3
The Cattle Egrets are still to be found at Cockles Bridge with some Little Egrets. The Bittern/Bitterns are now regularly heard and around Dengemarsh, also the Ibises can often be found here along with 4 Ruff, another White Wagtail was present at Springfield Bridge today.
48 Bewick Swans at Horses Bones Farm today
3 Whooper Swans and at the Black Swan still at Midley today
There were still c300 Fieldfares with a few Redwings at Midley, nearby c200 Golden Plover in the fields.
The 1w drake Scaup now rapidly acquiring adult plumage at Camber