A report of wildlife sightings from the western edge of Maidstone, Kent. I note anything of interest in the vicinity of my home in Barming and from walks into work at the East Malling Research Station along the edge of Barming Woods and down to Ditton. Occasionally, when time allows, I get out to Ditton Quarry, a rich habitat hemmed in by residential and industrial developments on one side, but with open countryside on the other.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Tuesday 23rd February
Wow wee - 3 (three) Song Thrushes in the garden this morning - small sand all that, but I was pleased when one returned in December, and the last time I think I can remember seeing more than 2 in my garden was probably 1984, so a big event for me! There seem to be good numbers around at the moment, let's hope they stop and breed successfully (if the cats don't get them). Got a snap of two of them above.
I tried something different at lunchtime today, and instead of turning left at the research station gate I went left. A 40-minute jaunt took me off under the railway and then parallel with it and back to East Malling church. Despite the looming rain there seemed to be plenty of things on the move. Seven Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes and a Green Woodpecker all hopped around a field just SE of the railway bridge. A GS Woodpecker did a undulating fly-over one of the gardens at Kiln Barn Cottages. All the usual suspects were seen including good numbers of Blue Tits, however the best find was a murmaration of 500+ Starlings feed voraciously in the paddocks near Paris Farm. Fieldfares and Redwings were mixed in with them, but it seems like quite a roost has built up here.