Monday, 14 July 2008

Friday 11th July

News came through today of a couple of unusual species for the Research Station site in East Malling. A Ring-necked Parakeet had been seen on two dates recently in the apple orchard to the north of the footpath from the main building to Kiln Barn Road; and a Barn Owl was seen in flight over Ditton Rough from Kiln Barn Road on Wednesday.

I managed an evening stroll out with my two lads through the orchards by South Street, Barming this evening. The sky was tiered with hirundines; Swifts high overhead, Swallows sweeping around the apple trees and House Martins skimming along the River Medway below us. East Farleigh looked so picturesque nestled in the valley.

1 comment:

Greenie said...

Adam , We have quite a population of RRP around here , garden feeder record 17 two doors down .
I have been saying for years that when they reach the orchards of Kent , they will be treated the same way as farmers treated the Bullfinch , and for the same reason . They sit in trees and just rip out the buds , not to eat but pure destruction . Will my prophecy come true ?