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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hoo Peninsula

Glad to say that I ‘m still out here surveying, mostly nest site location, I couldn’t imagine a better or wilder place to survey than the North Kent Marshes.

I am a big fan of the place along with Sheppey, both are superb winter birding sites and even in the quieter months of high summer they still produce good birds.

Top of the list goes to a flushed Quail on June 4th and more recently I had a total of 5 Ravens, presumably a family flock, feeding on the carcass of a dead sheep. Good to see the big Corvid widening its range, is it the same birds that grace Rainham RSPB, hard to say with Rainham being 15 miles away.

A very worn Painted Lady

Yellow Wagtail

On Monday I had another good bird in the shape of a Spotted Redshank, full summer no less, they are quite stunning. It was on the last remaining pool and as soon as it saw me it was off, not even giving a chance for a photo.

Others, as you will see below have, Monday’s highlights, other than the Spotshank, were 2 recently fledged juvenile Marsh Harriers, 2 Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, Avocet and good numbers of Yellow Wagtails.

Juvenile Marsh Harrier

Black Tailed Skimmers

Ruddy Darter

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