Monday, 8 March 2010
Sunday 7th March
A Yellowhammer called near the cattle barns, and further on a covey of 14 (fourteen) Bullfinches worked through a stand of Elderberry - probably the largest number of Bullfinches I've seen in a single flock. Skirting the southern edge of Oaken Wood, by the old quarry, I was hoping to get a glimpse of the resident Buzzard, but was content with the Kestrel that flew ahead of me and masses of Redwings losing themselves in the coppice. Five Black-headed Gulls patrolled the newly ploughed field that led down to the A26. As I entered the wood I was pleased to see new areas of coppice opened up, worthy of checking again in a couple of months for Nightjar. The mature Sweet Chesnut coppice in the wood clanked eerily in the wind, with only a Robin, Wren and Great Tit added to the tally. Eventually reaching the track that is Livesey Street, I made my way back down to the village of Teston. A rare Oaken Wood sighting was a pair of Mallards on a 'pool' in an area that was so dark and dank that even the frost hadn't receded. An old orchard to the east of Livesey Street looked promising, but only supported a pair of Long-tailed Tits. Through the village of Teston, past Teston House which a Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird and 2x Mistle Thrushes bouncing around it's lawn. Onto the medieval bridge over the River Medway. More Black-headed Gulls sat out on a dead Oak tree, and as it was late afternoon I hoped that may be I get a glimpse of the Barn Owl - it never happened, and I was disappointed to see a Squirrel darting in and out of one the boxes that had been occupied a couple of years ago. Another Bullfinch was seen, and a Yellowhammer called, with more Redwings, but the best sighting of the day was a Kingfisher, patiently fishing the dark torrent.
......and what a game I'd missed - "never leave a game early"-I did and missed four fantastic goals from the Villa!!!
"John Carew, Carew - he's bigger than me and you, he's gonna score one or two (or three!!), John Carew, Carew"