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!


Marc Heath said...

Nice account and shots. Love the House Martins.

Warren Baker said...

Well done Adam, another species for your patch :-) A real good 'un at that :-)