Saturday, 22 June 2019

King's Wood & Elmley Track & Seasalter

                                       15th June :    King's Wood

                                                                 
Tree Pipit displaying.


On Saturday 15th June we headed to King's Wood near Challock in the hope of seeing Tree Pipit and after finding a suitable habitat we soon heard a Tree Pipit , we eventually located it and had some really good views of this bird displaying .




Parachuting display.


We also saw the Tree Pipit perched quite a few times.




Tree Pipit.


We saw 2 each of Tree Pipit & Garden Warbler here plus we heard at least 2 Willow Warblers.


From here we decided to head to Elmley and just drive the track leading to the reserve with no real target birds.

This proved very successful with superb views of Yellow Wagtail.



Yellow Wagtail.


On the way back down the track we saw plenty of chicks,  with Lapwing chicks at various age & size.


Lapwing chick.


We also saw a superb Redshank chick , we didn't stay to long looking at these for obvious reasons.


Redshank chick.


Our bonus bird was a stunning Bittern flying past us as we were driving along the track near to the entrance.




Bittern


Wow what a treat and most unexpected , this was a new bird for my Sheppy bird list.


Various Dates : Graveney Marshes

I have been checking the Graveney marshes over the last couple of weeks and have had several sightings of Barn Owl over this time , including 2 birds together on one visit.



Barn Owl.

I also saw Common Whitethroat and heard Lesser Whitethroat on all my visits , on one occasion i saw 400+ Common Swifts low over the marsh which was an amazing sight.

Common Whitethroat.