Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Wednesday 22nd April
I did a quick sortie around Oaken Wood, Barming this morning before work, hoping to hear a Tree Pipit sing, but none yet. Lots of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, and a Comma and 2x Peacock butterflies on the wing.
On a a very warm lunchtime I almost trod on a basking Grass Snake basking on the cut out steps leading from Kiln Barn Road into Ditton Quarry - my first snake in the quarry. It was sufficiently warm to shoot off very quickly despite my best attempts at photographing it. Butterflies and Bee-flies were the order with Green-veined and Small White, Orange-tip and Peacock, along with 6+ Bee-flies hovering and darting around like Hummingbird Hawkmoths. A Kestrel also spent some time on the ground in the grassy dip.