At last some blue sky and a pleasant walk in to work. Everything was in song and I was lucky to see 34 species en route, the highlights being: a pair of Kestrels (Oaken Wood), Little Owl, 2x GS Woodpeckers, 2x Grey Herons, Linnets, Common/Herring/Black-headed and LBB Gulls and a lone Brambling (opposite Ditton Lab) - everything seemed to be paired up. Best of all, and you'll probably laugh, were a pair of Mallards (no 52 for Oaken Wood if you can count fly-overs) that zipped in, over Oaken Wood and onto Gallagher's pasture just S of Kiln Barn Farm. As rare on this part of my patch as a 'Coot in Pittswood'.
By lunchtime the sun had disappeared in East Malling and it looked like Armageddon was on it's way.
I covered another section of the West Malling & Mill Street tetrad, taking in Clare Park and Broadwater, and was lucky to add an elusive Coal Tit to the BTO Atlas. Both Skylark and Pheasant which I expected to easy ticks today failed to materialise.
By the time I came to go home the sky had once again changed and a dramatic sunset was forming, hopefully indicating fair weather tomorrow?!