Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Sunday, 11 January 2015
A Woodcock flew out of woodland east of Teston Bridge this afternoon (16:30) as I walked the dog along the banks of the Medway between Barming & Teston Bridges. It was followed by a calling Kingfisher that dashed along the river and a Tawny Owl calling near Tutsham Hall, West Farleigh.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
One of those mornings you dream of, no expectations of anything out of the ordinary and BANG a cracking bird, Great Grey Shrike turns up on patch! I was walking the dog on part of the patch that I've kinda neglected for a the past couple of months, and to be honest only ventured there on the hope of a Yellowhammer. However I noticed in the corner of my eye fly into a hawthorn/wild rose bush and knew straight away what it was. The grey but bright plumage stuck out like a sore thumb and lifting up my bins I could see the bird had it's back to me, but it glanced side ways and I had a clear view of it's lovely black mask. It lingered for probably a minute or so but looping low off to the west and behind a line of trees and out view, reminiscent in flight to a small grey magpie - longish tailed! To cut a long story short I spent another 40 minutes fruitlessly trying to relocate it. Hopefully it'll stick around, habitat looks good for it. I managed to tot up 23 species including Buzzard and a good-sized flock of Medaow Pipits. No Hawfinches yet, but a nice flock of Greenfinches are now regularly visiting the South Street playing fields so hopefully with a bit of patience......
Friday, 3 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
Sunday, 28 September 2014
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.