Saturday, 4 February 2012
Saturday 4th February 2012
A quick afternoon visit in the biting cold to East Malling Heath and the Research Station. I tried to add a few species to the KOS Winter Atlas on the Heath, and although the I had 8x Goldcrest, 2x Bullfinch and 30+ Fieldfare, none were new for the tetrad.
Lapwing, looking surprisingly 'petrel'-like in flight!
Moving onto the Research Station I was pleased to relocate the 1st-winter White-fronted Goose - pretty obvious in the flock today (see photo above). A Teal and 6x Lapwings were new additions to the year list, the former being only the third I've seen one on site. 35+ Coots, 13 Skylarks, 60+ Linnets, 2x Little Grebe, 3x Mute Swan and 2x Tufted Ducks were also on show in the freezing conditions - even the waterfall was starting to freeze over!