for tracking purposes only.
The birds of
Cheltenham Diver 10th
RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th
Slimbridge 26th & 27th
Garden Sparrowhawk 8th
Portishead & Chew 7th
Cheltenham & Highnam 1st
Kent 14th -
We went to Kent for the weekend with BOC. It was a really yucky day on the Friday with torrential rain. We walked around the RSPB reserve in a continous downpour, and even though there were lots of birds on the scrapes, it was difficult to see them. We did see the Avocets on the Thames Estuary and there was quite a number of Ducks, Geese & Waders. Despite the rain the Marsh Harrier was out hunting, but no other birds of prey on a day like this. After a soggy wet day we returned to the mini bus and headed for the King Charles Hotel in Gillingham to dry out.
Isle of Sheppey 15.02.14
We went to explore the Isle of Sheppey and the first port of call was Riverside Country Park and we had a quick look around. The sun was out, but we kept having heavy showers. There was a Ringed Plover and Grey Plover showing quite close, along with lots of other more distant waders. Chapel Fleet raptor view point was next where we saw two Marsh Harriers flying around but no Owls. It was very windy so that could be why. Next stop was Leysdown on sea to do a bit of seawatching and have lunch. There was a flock of Black -
For the final day of the Kent weekend we went to Dungeness. We went to one of the hides to see the Smew. The Redhead Smews were swimming in the middle of lake with Gadwall, Goldeneye, Mallard and Teal. A Long -
Forest of Dean
22nd February 2014
We went to the Forest of Dean to look for the Two -
Chipping Sodbury 26th February 2014
We went to Chipping Sodbury to look for the Dipper on our local river. We walked up the Frome and saw a Grey Wagtail foraging on the bank. However we didn't see the Dipper on this occasion but I saw a Kingfisher briefly flying up the river.
On the 16th when we were in Kent, Dad saw the Dipper perched on a concrete bunker by the Bridge, so we will keep our eyes open.
Grey Wagtail [Female]
Common Crossbill [Female]
Marsh Harrier [Male]
Cormorant [Sienesis race]
Kittiwake [Winter Adult]
Marsh Harrier, Elmley Marshes
On the way back to RSPB Dungeness, we stopped to look at the two Black-
A total of 95 species seen by most people during the weekend.