Monday, 23 March 2009
Monday 23rd March
Nothing more to report between Barming and Ditton this morning - a couple of Jays on eastern sie of Oaken Wood and Goldfinches seemed to be prominient. At lunchtime I visited Ditton Quarry briefly but not much showing apart from a Common Lizard, a couple of pairs of Bullfinches and 50+ Goldfinches (more than usual). The nest that the Long-tailed Tits had been working on for the last week or so looked more or less complete - a perfect little dome of Lichen! Heavy rain and strong winds late afternoon blew a couple of Grey Herons around as they flew south over the Research Station, East Malling.
Making my way back home amongst the blown down twigs I was suprised to hear the familiar 'chack-chack' of Fieldfares and sure enough I counted 18 in one of the large Sweet Chestnuts by Gallagher's Gallop - I shoul be expecting the first Swallows on my patch now not Fieldfares. And the last birds of the day - 12 Goldfinches over my house in Barming - they really seem to have been out in goo numbers today.
GEOFF. Could you contact me at email@example.com, cheers Adam