Thursday, 27 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
The Harris Hawk was seen again this morning from my garden in South Street, Barming. It's become an almost daily sighting, either gliding above the A26 Tonbridge Road or soaring around The Bull and Matterdale Gardens/North Street area. An impressive bird!
Monday, 24 May 2010
A late evening circular walk from Barming Bridge via Teston Country Park and Barmin Woods turned up a mixed bag of birds including a Turtle Dove (West Farleigh bank), Swifts and a Reed Bunting singing (Teston Lock) but none of the target species; Kingfisher, Spotted Flycatcher, Barn Owl or Nightjar - may be I'm being too impatient!
All the usual suspects on the cycle into work - but Linnets and Yellowhammers more noticeable than of late. A sortie up to the felled areas in Barming Woods turned up a distant Tree Pipit, heard not seen, and good numbers of Willow Warblers. It was good to see House Marting, 8 in total, prospecting sites around the East Malling Research main laboratory buildings - they've been around since Tuesday. Pleasing to see a few more than last year.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Crows hopped amongst the Greylag Geese near the stream, with one individual having very worn primaries, showing as a white band on the upperwing as it flew. A couple of Coot chicks were being well protected by their parents
Just east of my patch this afternoon during a brief respite from the rain - walking the bluebell woods just N of Wateringbury. A Cuckoo called from the area of Heath Farm, East Malling. I visted the Kiln Barn Farm Barn's with a friend's little lad who was desperate to see an owl - needless to say the Little Owl wasn't there. A Swallow sat up on one of the nearby wires and two Swifts, my first this year for the patch, scythed overhead.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
After yesterday's deluge it was good to see a few clouds with silver linings! I was pleased to get out the house for a cycle around Barming Woods with my lads. Nothing out of the ordinary, more Blackcap and Garden Warbler song, I was hoping to maybe hear a Turtle Dove but the clattering of the coppice in the strong NE put pay to that. Back at home I was pleased to see three fledgling Dunnocks in the garden - the first young of Spring I've seen.