Friday, 23 March 2012

Chiffchaffs return to Orlestone

A very quick walk around Birchett Wood this evening, was the first time for me to catch-up with the first returning spring Chiffchaffs, and there seemed to be plenty of them calling from across the wood. Little else to report but by the footpath entrance, there were 16 Carrion crows feeding on the dumped bread by the roadside.. sigh..
The previous night I made a dusk call to Romney Marsh reserve. There, 10 Marsh Harriers made their way to roost. And in the reed bed, a small flock of Bearded tits 'pinged' away out of sight, often accompanied by Water Rails squeling away too. On the farmer's reservoir at the same site, just a solitary pair of Greylags were roosting on the island.

From the garden tonight, Tawney Owls are calling and at least 3 Little Owls are noisily present in the surrounding farmland too.

The garden pond has Smooth and Palmate newts in abundance. Sadly two frogs present last week never spawned and an even more lonely Toad is croaking away in vain.

Last but not least 3 Pipistrelles were patrolling up and down the length of the garden, making the most of the unseasonly warm weather.

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