Trip reports

Stodmarsh & Grove Ferry (Leader Pete Saville)

Stodmarsh & Grove Ferry (Leader Pete Saville)
Buzzard [Richard Hanman]

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Six regulars plus three new faces, Mary from Sevenoaks, Watson from Dover and Michael from Sandwich. It was good to see some new faces. In the carpark garden warblers were heard singing plus many other more common species.

Walking up to the first hide buzzard and marsh harrier were seen so we were off to a good start. From the hide mallards, shovelers, lapwings, greylag geese plus common terns were seen. We then made our way along the path towards the Tower Hide. More good views of the marsh harriers and a solitary hobby, the only one seen on the day. A Bittern was heard booming out in the reed beds.

Walking along the river Stour we were hoping to see kingfishers, but due to boats on the river none were seen. However, our reward was two red kites and a barn owl with prey flying over our heads, what a bonus. Nightingales heard singing, one just briefly seen, a good view of a cuckoo was seen by some of the group.

At Grove Ferry, we had lunch on the mound but there was very little to be seen. From the mound we made our way down to next hide. Adrian spotted a kingfisher very briefly - not to be seen again. Walking down to the next hide marsh harriers doing a food pass which some of the group had not seen before. Nothing new was added to our list whilst walking slowly back to the car park along the boardwalk. I would like to thank Adrian for the help he gave in recognising some of the bird songs.

Star birds of the day garden warbler, lesser whitethroat, red kites, barn owl. Total birds seen 61 with speckled wood, red admiral, small tortoiseshell butterflies.

Pete Saville