Saturday 13th September
Great to get out today after a couple of weeks of not being able to escape work/chores....I was at New Hythe between 9.30 and 11am. It was misty and fairly cool so no butterflies or dragonflies seen at all.
What was most noticeable today was the number of 'singing' (can you call it singing?) Cettis Warbler. At least 7 were heard throughout my walk. A flock of 80+ Goldfinch including many juvs were feeding on teasels in the east scrub, also a juv Green Woodpecker there and 2 Slow Worm. Crossing the river Abbey Mead was virtually devoid of birds, I tried to walk along the Medway path but it was impenetrable so I used the parallel path without the river views and looked back along the river from the sunken marsh. Not much here at all, just a few loafing gulls and Grey Heron. I did photograph this ting fungi - only about 2cm high and very delicate.
Pleated Inkcap (thanks Abbey Meadows/Greenie!)
A wander around Brooklands Lake that was also very quiet and along the Millstream. 2+ Grey Wagtail along the stream and a Bar-headed Goose in amongst the Canada Geese on the Millstream Lake. Nothing out of the ordinary but a pleasant wander....