Monday, 17 November 2008
Monday 17th November
Plenty of Fieldfare fodder on the East Malling Research site at the moment, and I'm greeted each time I leave the main lab building by 'chack-chack' of the increasing numbers of the Fieldfares that are making the site their winter home. Redwings are still scarce here, although I have seen double figures in Barming at the weekend. Ditton Quarry was very quiet at lunchtime with no Redpoll or Siskin to be seen. As expected the Hawfinch(es) didn't put in an appearance, although I'm reliably informed was one present on Saturday in one of the ash trees at the extreme SW corner of the quarry. The only other interest was a GS Woodpecker in the quarry (as well as one on my garden feeders in Barming this morning). The morning forst was unexpected, especially as the mild temperatures on Friday brought out a Comma butterfly in the quarry.