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RSPB Medway Local Group - 2018 Indoor & Outdoor Events Calendar

Monday, 31 December 2018

View, download or print a handy pocket guide showing all our Indoor and Outdoor Events for 2018 More...

July Bird of the Month - Spotted Flycatcher

Sunday, 1 July 2018

This declining summer visitor arrives in Britain in late May and departs for its wintering grounds south of the equator by the end of September.The spotted flycatcher is a slim sparrow-sized bird that has an upright posture and alert appearance, which is very attractive. Sexes are similar with grey-brown upper parts with pale fringes to the wing feathers. The under parts are off-white with fine streaking on the breast and also on the crown, the latter giving the species its scientific name. The bill is long, dark and wide,the legs are short and both the tail and wings are long. More...

June Bird of the Month - Woodcock

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The woodcock is a wader with a distinctive dumpy body, long thick-based bill and short legs. Its cryptic colours and patterns on the plumage make it almost impossible to detect amongst the leaf litter where it nests and feeds. Furthermore, the species is largely nocturnal and the best chance of seeing it is when it is accidentally flushed from woodland margins or during its roding display flight. More...

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Medway Local Council's Riverside Country Park (Leader Warren Mann)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

After the stiflingly hot weather we had been experiencing, it was with some relief that twelve of us met at the RCP in pleasantly warm, slightly overcast conditions. Before leaving the car park we had seen a wood pigeon, collared dove, greenfinch, goldfinch and great tit. We made our way to the path leading to Horrid Hill and surveyed the mud flats. It was three hours before high tide, and the tide line was some distance away, so it was mainly telescope work. There were the inevitable black-headed gulls plus a herring gull, redshank, curlew, oystercatcher, lapwing and little egret. More...

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