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An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Monday 10 October 2016

Enough! - what's been happening?

It's been fairly hectic since we returned from our holiday. We still haven't finished clearing Dad's house and there are other people to see and things to do. I got out with a single rod, on Thursday afternoon/evening for a quick session on The Stour. I found a nice group of chub, yet came away thinking I could have done more to avoid that inevitable blank. I will be back soon in order to rectify the situation.

The Autumn migration is in full swing and Newlands Farm has seen quite a nice variety of avian visitors. Good numbers of Chaffinches have been accompanied by Bramblings and Reed Buntings, feeding out on the maize stubble. Redwings have arrived in force along with a decent sprinkling of Song Thrushes and Blackbirds. Three each of Fieldfare and Ring Ouzel have also been recorded and there are several large flocks of Starlings in the general vicinity. A hunting Common Buzzard was given a hostile reception by the local Crows and escorted, unceremoniously, off site. A few Meadow Pipits and the odd Swallow continue to add to the enjoyment, as I have my first coffee of the day, stood out in the back garden, a flurry of Goldfinches or Linnets keeping me on my toes as they hurry by. The Ivy around our decking is still attracting odd Red Admiral butterflies, but it's all down hill from here on in - Winter is on its' way!


  1. Nice to see the winter thrushes arriving, love to see Redwings. All we've had at this end is an Osprey, Pallid Harrier and Common Crane, oh and a nice pair of Hen Harriers, proving that there are a few left in the country

  2. Must be great to get all the regular British thrushes in one day. Ring Ouzels on the way out, Redwings and Fieldfares on the way in.

    1. Rich, Living on Thanet does have its' advantages, especially when viewed from afar. That array of thrushes is fairly standard fare during most autumns around the farm. As for all the regular thrushes - I can't remember when I last recorded a Mistle Thrush here?