Friday, 21 May 2010

Kent Marshes (Northwood Hill)

After dropping off the camping trailer at 8.15 a.m. in Northfleet we headed to Northwood Hill RSPB Reserve somewhere we had never visited before. The reserve is situated on a ridge overlooking the Thames Marshes and our first port of call was the woodland which was full of birdsong; Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Whitethroats and Chiffchaff but most individuals were hidden from us by the lush dense foliage.
With fierce sun overhead it was great to be walking in dappled shade with Red Campion and Bluebells lining the pathways.
A view outside the woodland over the adjoining farmland.
Our route eventually led us to the edge of the ridge with this expansive view over the marshes. The building on the left was used for communicating with the U.S.A. during World War 2.
While Anita rested her feet, listening to the intermitent calls of Cetti's Warbler, Nightingale, a distant Cuckoo and the constant sounds from various corvids I headed downhill to check out the reed fringed small waterways and listened to the rythmic song of a Reed Warbler and the scratchy sounds from a Sedge Warbler.

Our return route to the car was an uphill slog but interupted with views of this docile 'bunny' and a very noisy laughing Green Woodpecker.
We then drove to the main car park at Bromhey Farm where a large party of school children were also enjoying the various wildlife delights of butterflies, bugs and of course the birds under the guidance of RSPB staff.
Clockwise L to R...ARB, Cuckoo, Chaffinch and Whitethroat.

We found a convenient seat to eat out packed lunch while watching Whitethroats, Linnets, a Yellowhammer, Chaffinch with the constant calls from a Cuckoo who eventual alighted on a very distant tree. Other sightings included Grey Herons, Little Egrets, Greylag Geese, Shelduck and Tufted Duck plus we also saw a few butterflies but I'll leave these for a later post as this one is already too long! Just after lunch the mobile rang and we returned to pick  up the trailer, now in full working order...next job is to repack all our gear so it is ready for an outing somewhere next month.   FAB.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful spring outing! I am amazed that you got a picture of the cuckoo - I have heard them but never got close enough the see one even from a distance.

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  2. What a great place to visit, beautiful views and various wildlife to see. And how cute is that bunny! Looks like he posed for your camera. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful pictures. I really enjoyed this post.

    Thank you for stopping by.
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hilke. Yes, a super day in the sunshine. The Cuckoo was a long way away so had to crop the image. One day you'll get close enough.

    eden. I think te bunny was half asleep! As soon as we moved it soon disappeared. We are enjoying sunshine at last. Take care.

    Claudia. Thank you.

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  4. I love this post! I feel like I
    have been on the outing with you and especially like the variety of photos--landscapes, plants, birds, animals, even fellow ramblers! Thanks for sharing!
    --Kay

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  5. Hi Kay. I'm always glad that you can join me and share a little of what I see courtesy of the camera etc.

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