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.
Monday, 1 March 2010
Monday 1st March
What a difference a day makes - lovely blue skies and crisp frost, with some reminants of yesterday, frozen raindrops. The River Medway had well and truly burst it's banks at the bottom of South Street. Not a Coot, Moorhen or Kinfisher to be seen and no chnace of checking out for Snipes - the path was totally submerged.
Drawn out by the sunshine, I visited Bradbourne Lake, East Malling again at lunchtime, all the usual suspects, including Black-headed Gulls, no Meds yet although I see some have turned up in Mote Park (http://motepark.blogspot.com/ ). A couple of Pied Wagtails picked around the side of the lake and the Gadwall pair were skulking at the far end of the lake.
I found another 'plastic bag' (Little Egret) feeding around the western edge of the lake - posed very well in the sun in it's nuptial plummage, occasionally tossing it's delicate plumes in the air as it groomed itself.