Thursday, 6 January 2011

Thursday 6th January 2011

Heavy rain persisted all day making it uncomfortable and difficult to do much birding.  Again I walked in from East Malling village this morning and quickly located 8+ Waxwings in the orchard nearest the main labs, sitting out the rain a top a couple of Walnut trees.  A quick scan across the track turned up a male Brambling drinking from a puddle alongside 3x Chaffinches.

During my lunch hour I checked the orchards again - 20 Waxwings flew over the weather station and appeared to land in one of the middle orchards (away from the public footpaths) but I failed to relocate them.  Over 500+ Starlings sat out on the wires, interspersed with Fieldfares and Redwings. On to the orchard at the back of the churchyard - this help good numbers of Redwings but Fieldfares numbers seem to really dropped off in the last 2 weeks.  A cock Pheasant picked at the fallen apples and Chaffinches and Goldfinches hopped and flitted between the fruit trees.  Amongst them I was pleased to find 6+ Brambling, especially after commenting to someone yesterday it had been a poor year for them.  Walking back past the corner orchard I picked out 4 Waxwings; 2 sitting on the wires and another 2 feeding on apples close to the road alongside a male Brambling. I checked out where I'd seen the Brambling earlier and was amazed to see 15+ Bramblings, mainly males amongst a larger flock of Chaffinches.  A couple of Lesser-blacked Gulls graced the air above the bypass road.  Unfortunately the weather conditions were so bad that all my photos were particularly poor...even by no standards!


Warren Baker said...

I'm pleased to hear there are Bramblings about Adam, I really want to record one on my patch at this end of the year, rather than chance it at the tailend :-)

Simon said...

Wow, look at all those Bramblings!!! Nice one! Apparently there's a few moving around locally but I haven't managed to spot any in Mote Park yet this year.