Naturelog: Sunday 13th December

Posted: December 14, 2015 in Birds, Kent, Mammals, Natural History, UK
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Curlew

Curlew

The year is drawing to an end and a final chance to get out on the River Medway with Skipper Ray Wade. Birdwatching estuaries from a boat gives a different perspective to watching from land. Using the boat you can get to places that would be totally inaccessible or unseen from land.

As we left the harbour we saw a large raptor in a tree. The slightly odd light did cause some confusion but eventually it was identified as a female Marsh Harrier.

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

 

As we toured the small pieces of Marsh still above the high water we found small parties of waders using these small islands as roosting places, but in fact the waders and other water birds will use anything they can find – old mooring jetties, wrecks and even navigation signs.

 

Turnstones and Ringed Plover on an old jetty

Turnstones and Ringed Plover on an old jetty

 

Oystercatcher and Turnstone on old boat

Oystercatcher and Turnstone on old boat

 

Turnstone and Ringed Plover

Turnstone and Ringed Plover

 

Greater Black-backed Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

 

Room for one more?

Room for one more?

We located a Peregrine perched on a jetty although unfortunately it flew off as we manoeuvred the boat for a clearer view. Occasionally we spotted a Common Seal which seemed to come to watch us.

Common Seal

Common Seal

A peaceful couple of hours in calm still conditions with good birdwatching

Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Brant Goose [sp] (Branta bernicla)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Black-necked Grebe [sp] (Podiceps nigricollis)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Western Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Peregrine Falcon [sp] (Falco peregrinus)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Grey Plover [sp] (Pluvialis squatarola)
Common Ringed Plover [sp] (Charadrius hiaticula)
Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)
Bar-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa lapponica)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Ruddy Turnstone [sp] (Arenaria interpres)
Red Knot [sp] (Calidris canutus)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Eurasian Rock Pipit [sp] (Anthus petrosus)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Common Seal

 

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