Thursday, 10 May 2012
Thursday 10th May 2012
The wet weather continues, and its not at all conducive to being out birding! I spent the weekend on a scouts camp in Tovil - yeh, I know - but managed to tot up some new birds for the KOS Atlas there, and was pleased to see my first Swifts of the years scything through the wet skies.
Yesterday I cycled through the quagmire but skidded to a stop when I thought I heard what was a Nightingale. I've never had Nightingale on patch and have spent some early mornings recently hunting them out for the BTO survey without success. Listening intently I was pleased to find it was a Nightingale, and even managed to get a snap of it today. I won't give its exact location away for obvious reasons, suffice to say it was in the Barming side of my patch. A Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch and Dunnock all sang or called nearby.
At the research station a lone Swift sped North, while 4x House Martins were seen busily repairing last year's nests.
Nothing out of the ordinary on the East Malling paddocks, although a Skylark showed very well on the short turf (as opposed to singing it's heart out over the nearby cereal fields). Along the stream near Bradbourne House a wet looking Grey Heron looked poised to 'go over the wall' into John Clement's garden!