A report of wildlife sightings from the western edge of Maidstone, Kent. I note anything of interest in the vicinity of my home in Barming and from walks into work at the East Malling Research Station along the edge of Barming Woods and down to Ditton. Occasionally, when time allows, I get out to Ditton Quarry, a rich habitat hemmed in by residential and industrial developments on one side, but with open countryside on the other.
Two Hobbies were hawking after a large swarm of Swifts (50+) that fed over the rape field north of Church Lane, Barming at 13:00 today. One of the Hobbies attempted to take a Yellowhammer that was perched on a telegraph pole along the lane...but failed!