Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Tuesday 1st December
The bridleway from North Pole Road, Barming through to Kiln Barn Road, Ditton was alive with birds this morning; Bullfinches (x4), Redwings (x7), Song Thrushes (x2), Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits - but fuelled by my advent chocolate and running late for work I had to zip by most of them. The first frost of the ground frost of the winter in Barming had obviously pushed everything into foraging mode.
Ditton Quarry was due a long overdue visit, and within minutes of arriving there at lunchtime I picked out a Lesser Redpoll...and then another....and another! A small group of 5 birds was feeding on Alders in the SW corner. I attempted some photos (always difficult little buggers to photograph as they're so high up) and then wandering further around the Alders and Silver Birches I started picking out more Redpolls. They were very active, as Redpolls usually are, and mixing with a large charm of Goldfinches. In total I reckon there were at least 20 individuals, all Lessers, but I'm sure there's a lot more on site.