In general February has been an especially good month for spotting wildlife both at home and beyond. Highlights though have to be the Waxwings at East Malling and the Bittern at Conningbrook Lakes.

As the month has continued, so has the birdsong and the numbers of House Sparrows in my garden are showing a big increase over last year.
Although I’ve put various bird boxes up here and there, the house, garden and immediate surroundings are a magnet for nesting birds; the Barn, the derelict Windmill, Hedgerow, Woods and good old fashioned eaves around the house.

Great Crested Grebes courting
The Great Crested Grebes at Singleton

Since my last entry…

Singleton Lakes

Yesterday I’d heard there were two Great Crested Grebes going through their courtship procedure so popped along in the hope of getting the classic poses.
They almost gave me the classic but I think she had a headache! As soon as things seemed set, they parted not to be seen again in the hour I spent there waiting.
Maybe I’ll try again during the week.

Brent Geese at Seasalter
Brent Geese flying past at Seasalter

Whitstable and Seasalter

Last Friday I ventured over to Whitstable for an Eye Clinic Appointment and having never been to Whitstable Town (shame on me – I’m a thoroughbred Kentish Man) took a stroll around.
After that I called in to Seasalter. The tide was out and when I say out, it was a long long way out. Plenty of Waders about including Curlews, 100’s of Golden Plover, Oyster Catchers and four lots of Brent Geese flying past.

Male Chaffinch in February    Greenfinch on Feeder
Male Chaffinch and Greenfinch on Feeder at RSPB Dungeness

March will I have no doubt have much going on; the start of bird migration, the start of nest building and some creatures coming out of hibernation. Much to look out for.

Jay on Bird Feeder
Just this morning, the Jay pays a visit

Outside of the immediate areas I have six days in Southampton where I shall visit my favourite spot down there at Warsash / Hamble estuary, a possible day out to Arne or alternatively Titchfield Haven (you have to pay there though!!).
On 2nd April I have a family Party in Selsey Bill, so may take the Camper down there a few days before and explore Pagham.

Action filled !





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