Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Wednesday 9th March 2011

Photo courtesy of John Robinson 

Off work today looking after my youngest and a stop off in West Malling this morning yielded my first identifiable butterfly of the year - a Red Admiral basking on the wall outside the Baptist Church, Swan Street.  No Waxwings today that I saw in King Street, but the cotoneaster was stripped bare.  Another cotoneaster on Norman Road remain untouched...strange!  John Robinson who originally found the birds has kindly send me some photos from the weekend, a selection of which are below:

All courtesy of John Robinson 

Driving back along the A26 between Teston and Barming I picked a large flock of seagulls on the fields N of the road.  This filed has held Med Gull in the last couple of years, and with 15+ seen recently in Mote Park I was hopeful I'd be picking one out amongst the flock.  125+ BH Gulls later I was no the richer!  Oh well, I'll keep checking.  Final bit of birding of the day was a Common Buzzard S over the M20 just E of jcn 7.


Greenie said...

Adam ,
Once again ,don't quote me , but re. your comment on one Cotoneaster being stripped and the other untouched , I believe it is down to the tannin level in the berries . As the berries ripen , the bitter tannin mellows and make the berries more palatable to the birds .
Keep an eye on the second tree , they could be back soon .

Ken. said...

Hi Adam.
I am sure it is only a matter of time before the med Gull appears. The Buzzard was a good find. Have a good weekend.

Sarah Knight said...

Beautiful shots!