What should have been a short cycle to Bradbourne House, East Malling at lunchtime turned into a nightmare as I developed another puncture. Discarding my bike in the hedge (!) I carried on on foot. Walking through a plot of head height Miscanthus I disturbed 6x Pheasants a couple of Dunnocks and probably a few rodents telling by the speed at which a Kestrel appeared from nowhere! 20+ Linnets were still feeding on the weedy area alongside the track to Park Farm.
A GS Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 2x Greenfinch and a Jay all added some interest along the tree line. Mike Easterbrook was spotted on the other side of the lake and inadvertently flushed a couple of Lapwing my way - they settled down on the pavillion field with three others amongst a flock of Black-headed and Common Gull (x10). Three Snipe took flight as we walked towards the stream. Walking back along the norethern edge of the lake, and meeting Sue, we picked out 4x Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail and had the briefest of views of a Sparrowhawk speeding low through the trees.