Monday, 13 February 2012
Monday 13th February 2012
Just 20 minutes over lunch and just enough time to see if anything had dropped in on the East Malling site during the big freeze up. The Greylag flock were picking waddled through one of the apple orchards, but I couldn't find the White-front amongst them. At Bradbourne Lake (private site) a couple of drake Teal and two pairs of Gadwall were on the lake, and amongst the Black-headed Gull flock was a Mediterranean Gull.
However top billing went to a small, inconspicuous, mouse-like bird that I've waited for over 12 years to find on the research site (unbelievable I know, but it's not through lack of trying!) - a Treecreeper. There are areas of habitat on parts of the site that are perfect for Treecreeper, and I've seen one (once!) in East Malling village, but for some reason this species has always eluded me. I managed a quick snap, up to the usual standard!