Saturday April 5th
The weather alternated between showers and bright sunshine. Two new bird species for the year for me today with 6 Willow Warbler (with 4 in the West Scrub area) and 3 Swallow, 2 over the scrape with 60 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin and one over Brooklands with a few Sand Martin. Also 11 singing Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 10 singing Cettis and at least three Sparrowhawk. The Sparrowhawk were very active this morning with lots of displaying. 2 Teal were lingering on the Medway, a Shelduck over, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Green Woodpecker and a Stock Dove completed the bird sightings.
I saw my first Grass Snake of the year and 2 Water Vole - the usual one near the divers car park bridge and another in the ditch near the east scrub.
On my way home I called in at Holly Hill to check for reptiles. I saw a female Adder (wasn't quick enough to snap it!) and 4 Slow Worm. Also my first Peacock butterfly of the year.
SLOW WORM (HOLLY HILL)