I took some time off work today to help out with the children. We spent some time behind Birling church then an hour and a half with a picnic at New Hythe followed by an hour at a playground in the next village of Ryarsh.
I was hoping to see a Spotted Flycatcher in Birling Churchyard but no sign. Just a calling Cuckoo and a Whitethroat. Over at New Hythe we walked from Lunsford Lane to the dipping platform on the round pond and back. Not many birds singing, just a few Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting and Blackcap. On the Round Pond we watched 2 Four-spotted Chasers duelling over the water and chasing Blue Damsels. Later back-up at the Millstream on Lunsford Lane we saw at least 6 female and 4 Male Banded Demoiselle.
Banded Demoiselle (female)
Banded Demoiselle (male)
Ryarsh was very quiet and as we went back to the car I heard a Greenfinch making a strange alarm call by the village hall. I turned expecting to see a Sparrowhawk shoot by but instead I was suprised to see a Little Owl sitting on the village hall roof. I grabbed my camera and managed to get one shot before it flew off. Not bad picture seeing as I took it with my macro lens!