A rather gloomy morning with a brisk N-NE wind ensured that there would be no repeat of yesterdays' events and I had to go "bush bashing" in order to make the most of the time I could spend.
Wheatear numbers have increased to a minimum of eighteen birds, the vast majority still around the excavations within the Ellington Girls School boundary fence. Bird of the day, however, appeared in the hedge at the end of Vine Close, a Spotted Flycatcher. Far from annual here they are barely hanging on as a breeding species in odd locations around East Kent.
|Always a welcome sight, wherever I see them. This individual was in the ivy clad, plum|
trees that make up part of the hedgerow at the end of Vine Close
|A Meadow Pipit on the wires above the cauliflowers - where the G.G.Shrike was in Oct 2013|
|Another Wheatear image - it might be my last chance around Newland's for 2014?|