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June Jaunt

June Jaunt - Common Blue Damselfly
June Jaunt - Common Blue Damselfly
Finally managed to get out on the patch today, seems to have been forever, a few different illnesses through the family, sore shoulders and bad back are my excuses (that and the few times I have been out I have not had he energy after to write about it sorry). Anyway today's walk was always going to be about the bugs rather than the birds, as so often in summer months the birds are less my focus.

Return on the Swift

Return of the Swift
Return of the Swift
The sun definitely had her hat on this morning, beaming her beautiful rays down on me as I left the house, only she also had her scarf, gloves and a bloody great coat on, the wind that was with her, whipping away across the patch was filled with ice, ice that has come straight out of the Arctic circle.

At least that is how it felt.

Red Kites and Dunlin

Red Kites and Dunlins
After missing out on three great local birds on the patch over the last few weeks - 2 Little Tern, 3 Avocet and 1 Wood Sandpiper -  (damn you work!) and having today off I headed out to Manor Farm to see what goodies were out there waiting for me.

A Catch up on Manor Farm

A Catch up on Manor Farm
A Catch up on Manor Farm
It's been an age since I have managed to write an update here (to be honest it's been a while since I managed to sort through my photos and I like to post lots with each new post here), so today I will update you on all that has happened since my last post, there are new patch birds, lots of summer migrants and a few butterflies.

Manor Farm 20-03-2015


After nearly a month of not having he energy, will or inclination to head out onto the patch (Tendonitis in my shoulder and neck is causing me to not want to carry gear around), I finally decided that I would make the effort and venture out once more, spring is most definitely in the air, blossom is appearing on the trees and the migrants have already started to make an appearance at Manor Farm (well according to emails anyway).

Kents Garden Birds

While visiting my dad in Margate I decided to spend some time looking at and photographing the birds found in his humble urban garden, he gets a lot more birds, in physical numbers, than I do (years more feeding), and a heck of a lot more species.

This is just a brief post to highlight the species and offer up a few of the photos I took there. The below is the list I saw (not in any particular order), followed by the photos (mainly parrots as I don't get them near me).