Monday, 20 April 2009

Monday 20th April

Back to work and how the landscape around the patch had changed in the 2 weeks I'd been away. This really is the time to see Kent at it's best - blossom hanging just about everywhere. I quickly heard my first Willow Warbler for the patch on the east side of Oaken Wood, Barming. Numerous Chiffchaffs and Yellowhammers called and sang. I did a quick scan of the newly coppiced area on the northern perimeter of Oaken Wood hoping for Tree Pipit, but none yet. I was delighted to glimpse 2x Swallows perched on Gallagher's Gallop fence near Kiln Barn Farm.

Rather poor record shot (in dying light) of bill markings
for comparison to 'local' Whooper Swans

Over Ditton Quarry at lunchtime, joined by Ross. 2x Speckled Wood, 5 x Peacock, 10+ Orange-tip butterflies were on the wing. A total of 7x Common Lizard were found in 2 locations. Good numbers of Whitethroat scratched out their songs and a Willow Warbler and Blackcap added to the medley. 2x Green Woodpeckers were perched in a tree near the grassy area and a Jay flew across the SW corner.

Later Ross rang to say he'd found a Whooper Swan on Bradbourne Lake, no doubt the one reported late yesterday and early this morning at New Hythe.


Greenie said...

Adam ,
Sounds like a great break away with some cracking birds .
Great shot of the Cirl Bunting , I've never seen one in the wild .
Shame about the Penduline Tit , that's the sort of thing that happens to me .

Warren Baker said...

Hello Adam,
That Whooper is certainly doing the rounds, my turn next when your done!

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Adam.
I also have never seen a Cirl. Nice looking bird.
Sounds like you had a lovely holiday.
It probably is the same Whooper doing the rounds.Seems like you had a good day today.
Glad to hear that Ross is still in the land of the living.Hope he's well.