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, 26 April 2010
Monday 26th April
A tour of Barming Woods and Paris Farm Paddocks before work this morning turned up good numbers of Blackcap and Chiffchaff, but no Tree Pipit or other migrants.
A quick visit to Ditton Quarry at lunchtime proved more successful with my first Whitethroat and GardenWarbler of the year. Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Bullfinches were also seen.
On the way home I caught sight of a couple of Swallows and the Little Owl opposite Kiln Barn Farm, Ditton.
A visit to the orchards just before sunset produced a couple of Linnets and Chaffinches but no sign or sound of the Cuckoo that has been reported by other locals.
The pear trees were in full blossom with the first apple blossom starting to open.