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.


Greenie said...

Adam ,
I agree . Lots of birds are singing as if it were Spring .
Shame the 'show' in the orchard is over , but perhaps some of those Waxwings might show up this way now - or not .

twisden said...

Hi Adam
Egret was cleared by ATC to fly VFR from Bradbourne to watrecress beds and was seen at Cottenham close.
Another is seen regulary in Mote Park
west of mote house by a small stream that originates fron the Downs at ware street.

Warren Baker said...

You're right about spring, it's full steam ahead now.More birds are singing each morning as I walk to work.

Ken said...

Hi Adam. Can you tell me if you have seen anything of Ross lately? Is he still in the land of the living?

Andrew at Quicksilverbirds said...

Hi Adam, Thanks for the comment on my blog (I'm hopeless and mis-linked you to Urban birder, sorry). Good blog you have here, I'll be sure to pop back. Keep an eye out towards Easter too, as planning a blog bird watch, similar to that which we did at Christmas. TTFN Andrew