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 March 2010
Tuesday 23rd March
A thick fog enveloped Barming as I left for work this morning - may be good for bringing down some migrants? The song of a Chiffchaff carried through the stillness of the mist at the edge of Oaken Wood. The Little Owl was in his favourite spot and a Murder of Crows loitered, portensously.
The sun shone briefly mid-morning, and checking my strawberry plots I discovered Badger trails and pawprints all over the place.
A couple of Skylarks sang continously. Only 10-minutes at lunchtime to get out, so I decided to check a newly ploughed field opposite the East Malling Conference Centre - 10x Pied Wagtails (inc 2 females that briefly looked like alba) hopped over the recently turned clods, another case of spot the bird in the photo below! Another Skylark shuffled through the furrows.