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).
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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).
|A Trip to Sheppy|
While visiting Margate over half term, Toby and I joined Nana and Granddad in a trip to the Isle of Sheppy (and Elmley Nature reserve you'll already have seen my picture of the week yesterday which was from this trip).
It was to be a day of birding and looking for Owls and raptors (we left the girls to go to the cinema, bubs doesn't do well in cars, a bit like her older brother).lareg
Arriving around 11 we were due to stay as late as possible (dark, although Elmley now closes at 5!) in the great hope that the wintering short-eared owls would put in an appearance.
|Sandwich Bay Visit|
Last week I had one of my usual breaks down in Margate visiting the old man, half term rules! On one of our mornings there, we popped out to visit Sandwich Bay bird Observatory and see what was visiting the pools and golf course (as well as the obs feeders).
I must say I still find it hard to believe in this day and age that there is a fee to drive down a road just because someone can own so much land!Good job members of the observatory don't have to pay.