Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Tuesday 6th May

Ditton Quarry was bathed in sunshine when I visted during my lunch break. I was hoping to maybe find a Dingy or Grizzled Skipper but had to be content with a Small Copper, 3x Peacock and numerous whites. A Kestrel hovered over the open area and upto 10 Whitethroats sang. A Bullfinch pair were very vocal in the dense shrubbery, both showed briefly but only the female remained static long enough for a photo. 15 House Martins swept overhead, favouring the area over the building site on the industrial estate.

Later a brief walk down the River Medway between Milhall Industrial Estate, Aylesford and New Hythe turned up a Reed Warbler and couple of Sedge Warblers. Two Grey Herons floated past, probably distracting me from the 3x Common Cranes that Steve Nunn reported at the same time circling over the East Scrub at New Hythe! There were 3 species of gull; Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed massed over Aylesford Sewage Farm on the opposite river bank along with a swarm of 50 or so Sand Martins.

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