The 7th started brilliantly with a Ring Ouzel(77) in Kirkins which quickly disappeared after landing briefly on the farmhouse roof. Looking for it at the rear of the building produced a Willow Warbler(78) in some brambles.
On the evening of the 10th I was delighted to here a Little Owl(79) calling in Shirrenden.The last Redwing of the spring was seen on the 14th and the following day the Fieldfare that had been hanging around was seen for the last time.The same day 2 Swallows(80) were over the lake.
Sawllow in the orchard
A lot of my time has been spent in our new garden which has produced a few more species for the year with Sand Martin(81) over on the 18th with some Swallows.
The 19th produced a fly over Tree Pipit(82) plus a Whitethroat(83) and Reed Warbler(84) down at the lake.
The same day had a House Martin(85) over the garden.
The following morning a Wheatear(86) was in the field to the right of the farm track and was joined by another in the afternoon.
That evening I ventured out to try for Nightingale in the regular place outside the village. The first call I encoutered and then found was a Lesser Whtethroat(87).Great!! Then just as the light was going he Barn Owl popped out of the nest box just as the Nightingale(88) started to sing.
Lesser Whitethroat(taken at Dungeness Reserve).
On the 21st April the first Cuckoo(89) of the year was calling in Shirrenden where a Lesser Spot was seen.
A Swift(90) was over the village on 23rd.Easily the earliest date I have had the species on the patch. Finally,a Garden Warbler was singing down at the lake on the 26th and was joined by another on the 28th.