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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!


Saturday 13 February 2021

Madness - woodcock style

 I'd completed my latest shift and was home by 14.50 hrs. It was bloody freezing outside, with the thermometer still sub-zero, and a stiff breeze doing little to assist the situation. However; the sun was attempting to break through the high cloud and I'd promised Bev that we'd get out for a walk. So we did just that. I drove across to Government Acre, over at Westcliffe, and we took a brisk stroll down onto the beachside pathway before ascending back up to the cliff-top via "The Chine". It was bloody freezing and there was little to commend our efforts, even less likely, incite others to join in with this, healthy lifestyle, gig. 

However, when we got back up to the cliff-top, behind Westcliffe Terrace, a Woodcock flew over before dropping down into the care home grounds just behind the play area. We hadn't walked another 100m when I spotted a Lapwing hunched up on some bare ground beside the terrace wall. Windchill was a real issue and we were glad to get back to the van. We'd been out for less than twenty-five minutes but, that was long enough, under the conditions, so headed back homeward. As I turned into Vine Close, from West Dumpton Lane, another Woodcock was spotted flying over the bungalows headed towards Ramsgate Cemetery? What's going on?? We got settled back indoors, coffee and San Miguel, you work it out?  I retired to the study and my laptop. The football was rather amusing, good old Liverpool? However, at 17.10 hrs I spotted a Woodcock flying north, low over the Newlands Farm fields, then another and another! In less than five minutes I'd seen seven!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't be sure that there were seven individuals involved but, whatever, it is a bloody amazing record for a Dumpton garden.

BWKm0 - No. 45 - Pied Wagtail - one flying west, as I filled the garden feeders ,prior to our walk

BWKm0 - No. 46 - Woodcock - get in!


  1. Good going there Dyl. Guess what? I've just done a count and you've seen as many Woodcock in that spell than I have ever seen in total, period.

    1. Woodcocks are annually recorded around the Newlands Farm area. The late autumn full moon is always a good time for them to arrive and I've seen thirteen birds flushed in just a few minutes as the gangs manually harvest the cauliflower crop at that time of year. The birds currently being recorded have obviously been displaced by the severe weather associated with Storm Darcy. With the temperatures now forecast to reach double figures, by Wednesday, I'm sure they'll return to wherever they came from? Whilst there's still some snow around I'm hopeful of, grabbing, a token image of these smart birds from the garden.

  2. Woodcocks eh? Only very rarely seen by Bure Boy, and only then in the garden in severe weather like we are experiencing stil.

    1. Hi BB, My only record of a decked garden Woodcock was during a period of snow in 2012/13. Obviously living on the East coast, thus closest to mainland Europe, it is to be expected that we see these birds turn up during periods of cold weather. Changing the subject, somewhat, this coming week has predicted increase in temperature, heavy rain, associated flooding and the added snow melt issues - don't see a bait being cast any time soon? Always look on the bright side eh?