Great Crested Grebe

These articles are written for the CR6 magazine and reproduced here with the permission of the author, Brian Hobley (01883 625404). If you would like to reproduce them in your magazine, it would be courteous to ask him. 

On our February trip we went to Selsey Bill and Pagham Harbour.
At Selsey Bill, turnstones were running round the car park between the cars! A search of the sea produced red breasted mergansers, common scoter, med gulls and great northern divers or as the Americans and Canadians call them - loons.
The Canadian $1 coin has a picture of a loon on it and is known as a loon!
Going in to Pagham Harbour at Church Norton produced large numbers of dark bellied brent geese, good numbers of waders including avocet, black tailed godwits, curlew, dunlin and knot. On the sea were Slavonian and great crested grebes, velvet and common scoter.
A trip up to the Burgh, on top of the Downs, gave us close red kites, short eared and barn owl. The barn owl flew over my head about 6ft high - a fantastic view!

On 14th of January we went out for our first field trip of the year the weather was great for a trip to the Isle of Sheppey not too cold! A very good total of 60 species for the day - Functon Creek, just this side of the Swale, produced 300 avocets, good numbers of golden plover and supporting ducks and waders over the bridge to Elmley gave us buzzards, marsh harrier and lapwing, ruff and curlew close to the track. Round to Leysdown added red throated diver, turnstone, sanderling, oystercatchers skylark and snow bunting. Going round to Capel Fleet we saw whooper swans, barnacle, greylag and white fronted geese which gave us 4 types of geese - having previously seen dark bellied Brent geese.
Then on to the raptor mound, one of the best places in the south-east for birds of prey, 20+ marsh harriers, male and female hen harriers – Britain’s most frequently killed bird of prey. The last birds were 2 barn owls! What a great way to finish the day!
If you would like to find out more about us come and see us at Knights at The Dene, Woldingham  on Monday 12th and Friday 16th February from 12 - 4 o’clock to show young people common garden birds - this is during half term week.