Friday, 4 July 2008

Tuesday 1st July

Swifts, Swallows and House Martins everywhere over the East Malling Research site today - practically swarming over one wheat field near Newgates.

A walk down the River Medway east of Barming Bridge towards East Farleigh turned up a pair of Turtle Doves gently purring in the trees bordering the railway line. There was no sign of the Spotted Flycatchers that had frequented this stretch of the river in previous years. Just before dark I ventured up to Oaken Wood, Barming in the hope of catching the sound of a Nightjar, but after an hour's walk around suitable coppice I failed to hear or see any....another year without them in Barming! I did see 3x Glow Worms, at least they're still around!

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