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.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Wednesday 24th January
Nice start to the day, seeing a steam loco coast past the East Malling Research station - for you train buffs it was 70013 Oliver Cromwell on 'Sussex Belle' duty (even manage to get bloody branches in the way on my steam engine photos - consistent eh!). Another site tick - and would have seen it from the office if I'd been in (directly below square roof in centre background, The Downs beyond).
Back in the office I was pleased to hear and then see a Song Thrush singing at full throttle - it stayed there most of the day and was still singing at 18:00 this evening!
I managed another quick visit to Bradbourne Lake at lunchtime, a Little Grebe was shooting the rapids, the poor light put pay to any decent photos again.
Further along a Little Egret posed long enough for me to get another crappy (this time through the car windscreen) - and confirmation at last that it wasn't just a plastic bag -
before it took flight, giving me some more fantastic photographic opportunities (and you thought those Shoveler photos were bad!!!)
Not much else about in the brief respite from the heavy showers, though the House Sparrows were making the most of the puddles.