A lovely crisp morning, but treacherous on the roads evidenced by a VW Beetle in the field opposite St Margaret's in Barming. I was luckier and managed to get to the research station in East Malling without a mishap. The orchard next to the Kiln Barn Road gate was alive with Fieldfares (300-400), and the apples were 'furred' with frost. As I drove to the corner orchard a figure strode in front of me, Greenie, at last our paths had crossed! We chatted away and I was glad to hear Greenie had already connected with some Waxwings before I'd arrived, phew, I really thought he'd left it too late.
As we scanned across the orchard Greenie spotted another Waxwing on one of the Silver Birch trees and to cut a long story short we spent the next hour and half photographing Waxwings and winter thrushes, watching a Sparrowhawk scatter the massed flocks and chatted away about just about anything under the sun (discovering we're both villans - well who else are you supposed to support if you come from SE London!).
John Clements graced us with his presence and after watching some Bramblings washing a puddle in the corner track I had to make my way home. A great morning and good company - looking forward to catching up soon Greenie ;-)