Up with the lark - literately - at 5am for the BTO Nightingale survey. Unfortunately I had no success in finding any in East Malling/Ditton but I managed a good number of Whitethroats, Blackcaps (including females) and Chiffchaffs in Ditton Quarry and the watercress beds in East Malling. A Cuckoo called clearly from the Broadwater Orchards, East Malling (which are in full blossom, see photo above).
Checking the paddocks in East Malling I relocated the male Ring Ouzel (+arrow), with a Wheatear to boot.
The Ouzel was flighty, spending prolonged periods in a tree, and was sporadic in putting in its appearances, but good to see it was still around. A male Sparrowhawk dipped out on a Sparrow breakfast, and a Little Owl huddled in its favourite tree. 4x Swallows skimmed the paddock sward, and a couple of Skylarks exalted over the neighbouring fields. I thought I had a brief glimpse of a second Ouzel, but it was only a couple of seconds glance. However, while I was taking a picture of the Ouzel a bird dropped down beside it, I fired off three shots, looked up and both birds had gone - completely disappeared. The second Ouzel or a posturing Blackbird? Decide for yourself from the, erhmmm, photos below!