Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sunday 8th January 2011

After visiting some friends in Wateringbury, I opted to walk back to Barming via the river and West Farleigh.  Highlight of the walk was a Whooper Swan on the River at Bow Bridge, Wateringbury along with Mute Swans, Canada Geese and a couple of hybrid geese (a couple of Canada x Domestic Goose hybrids I guess - see photo below, both parents I suspect are there!).  Kev Reynolds had seen the bird late Summer 2011, and Eddie Denson informed me just before Christmas that it was still around, and it wasn't shy in coming forward so darw your own conclusions on its likely origin!  Walking alongside the paddocks to the east of the river I added Meadow Pipit, Common and Herring Gull to the TQ65W of the KOS Winter Atlas, but Grey Heron, Skylark, Sparrowhawk and Kingfisher are all still absent!

Some pellets were found under one of the owl boxes - but with a Kestrel in the vicinity I can't be sure these aren't pellets from this species...any ideas anyone?  Didn't exactly wet my appetite for my Sunday lunch.


Warren Baker said...

Could be Barn Owl pellet Adam, they are black.

Alan Pavey said...

Sounds like a nice walk Adam, the Whooper is always good to see.