Monday, 4 January 2010
Monday 4th January
Back to work, a lovely walk in though the sparkling snow, just a light dusting today covering the main laboratory building. Eight Lesser Redpolls were seen in the Silver Birch at the top of South Street, Barming and another two were in a tree at the back of The Redstart, North Street, Barming. A Black-headed Gull sat on one of the Oast House cowls on Heath Road. Nothing else out of the ordinary. I walked out to East Malling Church at lunchtime. JC was out with his mist nets and I caught up with him by Great East where he told me he'd not caught too much. The first photos shows where he had his nets, the second shows the orchard where he hadn't (I can count at least 70 Redwing in this shot)!
a) Where NOT to set up nets
b) Where to set up nets!
After being regaled with some of John's medical history, I moved onto the Genebank at the back of the Church and caught sight of a Weasel shooting across the footpath. I followed him down into the orchard where he was quite inquisitive and let me take some pics on him - cute little thing...well unless you're a rabbit!