Thursday, 12 February 2009
Thursday 12th February
A hard frost this morning, and I was greeted by a Redwing singing from a holly tree opposite the house. Despite the icy conditions there was a feel of Spring in the air, a Dunnock sang from a perch, almost within grasping distance, at the top of North Street and a Song Thrush and numerouse Great Tits joined in the chorus. Both Green and GS Woodpecker were seen by Gallagher's Gallop and 200+ Fieldfare hopped around one of the pastures south-east of Kiln Barn Farm. A female Bullfinch showed briefly by the barn and a Little Owl was flushed from the leylandii hedge. The orchard at the Kiln Barn Road entrance to East Malling Research station held very few birds in contrast to last week, with few apples remaining to be fed on.