Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Tuesday 8th March 2011
A hard frost carpeted Barming this morning but quickly melted away as the sun rose. My walk in to work yielded 30 species including previously 'hard-to-get' species Nuthatch and Goldcrest in the oaks near the allotments off North Street. Five LBB Gulls mingled with BH, Common, Herring and Common Gulls on Gallagher's pasture opposite the underpass. Redwing, conspicuous by their absence in recent days made a reappearance, along with a smattering of Fieldfare in the orchards alongside the Tonbridge Rd, Barming.
Exotic-looking tree blossom (species unknown?)
At lunchtime the wind had changed to a SW and although breezy it felt warmer. A shrub and tree on the research land were in full blossom, the later was 'humming' with bees. I wandered over to Ditton Quarry which was fairly quiet apart from a Kestrel (with lots of it's pellets scattered around), Goldcrest and a few charms of Goldfinches.
A Smooth Newt was found under a refugia.
Most unusual find of the day had to go to this:
...a 34D bra hanger, in bright pink....wonder what the story behind that was...or perhaps I don't! Amazing what gets discarded in the most unlikely of places, needless to say I didn't see the person who had discarded it.