Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Wednesday 5th September

A warm morning, but still overcast. A Chiffchaff still called from the Oak by the Pea Filed/Water Tower path and I was suprised to see a collection of birds; 2x Green Woodpeckers, 4x Blackbirds, 8x Goldfinches, 3x Wood Pigeon, 1x Dunnock and 1x Wren all sitting on the fence alongside the private track to the north of Gallagher's Quarry. There was obviously something there to attract them (spilt grain?) but I couldn't seen from beyong the gate. It would have made a fantastic photo...if I'd remembered my camera! 2x calling GS Woodpeckers flew across to Oaken Wood and 35+ House Martins and a single Swallow (!) swarmed over the Kiln Barn Lane/Easterfields corner field.

At lunctime 4 x Yellowhammers skulked in the grubbed fruit trees on the bonfire site on research station land and were joined briefly by a family of Goldfinches. 12x Linnets sat on the telegraph wires by the bypass road and a single Skylark was flushed by the Buddleia plot. Woodpigeon were much in evidence with a flock of 50+ feeding in stubble on one plot.

A Barn Owl was reported yesterday evening over Sweets Lane, East Malling.

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