Saturday, 29 January 2011

Park Wood and Grove


I called into a local woodland today , Park Wood which is between Canterbury and Chilham and my target bird was Lesser spotted woodpecker , alas i was unlucky with this , however i did encounter some good woodland birds , i saw a very showy Treecreeper and heard a very vocal Nuthatch , other birds of note were 2 Marsh Tits and 1 Coal Tit which were new Kent year ticks as was 2 fly over Lesser Redpolls , this is only a small woodland and only takes approx an hour to do the whole circuit , i never saw another person there which is also a bonus , not that i am unsociable but woodland watching does need abit of quietness to get the rewards , on my way back to the car i had fairly good views of Goldcrest and 5 Siskins high up in the canopy plus a few smart looking Redwings.

Very showy Treecreeper.

From Park Wood i headed to Grove Ferry and it was rather quite there to say the least , although i did see a fine female Pintail from the Feast hide and a very close fly by from a female Marsh Harrier was a real treat .

Female Pintail.

Female Marsh Harrier.

From the hide i took a walk along the river but did not really add anything and on my way back past the paddock i briefly saw a male Bullfinch perched but know soon had i got onto it and then it was gone !!