Thursday, 3 May 2007
Wednesday 2nd May
The House Martins returned to East Malling Research Station today. A pair tried a number of old nests before settling for one on the old Entomology building. It was the most intact, and with the lack of mud on site I think it was probably a wise choice.
It was pleasant walk to Ditton Quarry turned up a few Holly Blues and again lots of Chiffcaffs and Whitethroat singing but not much else - it was sunny but too windy for butterflies.
Late a trip to Samphire Hoe confirmed that there were approx 9000 Early Spider orchids flowering, although most were just on the turn. Nottingham Catchfly was also in flower. To cold and windy for butterflies, but 2x Whimbrel looking a bit forlon on one of the pools added interest.