Friday, 3 October 2014

Friday 3rd October 2014

A lovely last day of sunshine and warmth, as the summer slipped into autumn.  A good run of records on patch, included another Stonechat, my 4th this autumn, 12x Mistle Thrush, singing Chiffchaffs, a couple of Buzzards all on a walk along Church Lane, Barming to just west of Hall Place Farm.  A bonus was my first Clouded Yellow butterfly, along with a trickle of Red Admiral all heading W-SW  with purpose.  

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday 30th September

My run of migrants continues, another Wheatear, this time on the Sweets Lane Paddocks, East Malling at lunchtime.  Distant, not even worth posting the photo ;-)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday 29th September

A bright start and another migrant in, this time a Wheatear on the newly rolled/tilled field N of Church Lane, Barming.  It had 56+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wags and a small flock of Linnets for company.  A Yellow Wagtail called overhead, and a Blackcap (male) and 3 Chiffchaffs flitted around in the elderberries along Church Lane.  Later, with the temperature soaring, up to 5 Buzzards were catching the thermals, distant dots but given away by their mewing.  Later afternoon, while checking to see if the Wheatear was present (it wasn't!), a Hobby dashed through SW and down into the river valley.

Saturday 27th September

My run of migrants continued this morning with another Stonechat in the 'pylon' hedgerow just W of Hall Place Farm, Barming (and probably viewable from the burger van layby on the A26 between Barming & Teston).  Later a juv/female Blackcap in one of the farm hedgerows.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday 26th September 2014

Both the Wheatear and Stonechat were still present on East Malling Research Station land this morning, but unexpectedly a Kingfisher dashed across the stubble field behind, calling, as it flew east! A small group of House Martins (26) and Swallows (2) flew west.

Later, back in Barming I was pleased to find another Wheatear feeding on the newly tilled field between St Margaret's Church and the A26.  Four Yellowhammers were in the hedgerow near Hall Place Farm.

New theme, birds with church in background:

Wheatear, St James' East Malling

Yellowhammer, All SaintsWest Farleigh

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thursday 25th September 2014

I was lucky to be out walking some of my strawberry plots on the East Malling Research site mid-morning and quickly noticed a Wheatear feeding around the Research Station weather station.  Meadow Pipits (26) were also flitting around the stubble, with a Skylark and Yellowhammer amongst them, with a few Swallows and House Martins over on their way south.  On the adjacent blackcurrant plot a Stonechat moved from perch to perch with a few Chiffchaffs calling nearby.

I put out the news and soon there was a full on East Malling twitch in the form of the Bald Birder sauntering out of his office, squinting and blanched from the exposure to the's now rare for him to come out for anything other than flies beyond dusk.

Wednesday 24th September 2014

No grounded migrants this morning but a good passage of Swallow with 206 west in 10 minutes early morning, and a trickle of 36 through in the late evening.