Naturelog: Friday 28th November (2)

Posted: November 30, 2014 in Birds, Kent, Natural History, UK
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As we were in the Sevenoaks area we decided that we would visit another local reserve, the Sevenoaks Wildlife reserve.

This reserve was founded as a collaboration between a local naturalist and a gravel/ sand extraction company who operated on the site. Extraction finished some 30 years ago and now there are a series of lakes surrounded by woodland.

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At the first hide we got some great views of a party of Blue Tits in the trees.

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

On the main lake there were a large number of Greylag Geese and Lapwing along with Teal and a Little Egret.

Greylag Geese

Greylag Geese

Lapwing

Lapwing

Eurasian Teal

Eurasian Teal

The real star species though was a large number of Common Snipe. Every island seemed to have its little party of 10-20. There may have been between 50 and 80 in total. It is unusual to see them like this as they spend most of their time in the margins and undergrowth where their excellent camouflage makes them difficult to see.

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

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