By now , I was at the bottom of the Ridge , and my attention was drawn skyward to the mewing of Common Buzzard . Originally , I only saw one , but shortly after numbers two , three and four drifted into view , but really high . At no time could I get all four in the same frame , so had to settle for just two of them . Talking birds , I had a very respectable species count of 37 for the day , and when I got home , Carol said she had a pair of Siskins on the Sunflower hearts after lunch , and I had a Grey Heron from the back bedroom window when I came up to post this . Nothing fantastic in the list , but at another site on the Ridge , a group of Corvids were , to use the venacular of another Blogger ' showing a Sparrowhawk the boundary of the Parish ' . At this site , I lifted the tins/felts and surprisingly had a Grass Snake under one of the tins , it's forked tongue immediately collecting information on this intruder to it's world .They usually are found some weeks later than this .
Before heading home , I revisited the site we were working on this week , and where I found an Adder . On returning to the same spot , this light coloured male , which was perfectly calmouflaged in the dead Bracken , was in almost the same spot , even though today the clouds were building and the end of the sun was very close .
On the way home , I called in at Biggin Hill to see the Early Purple Orchids . I can only say that they haven't progressed at all since my last visit , and could well not flower untill late April , we shall see . The upside being that they haven't come to any harm .
To answer my own question at the beginning , no it wasn't an unlucky day , in fact it was a very good day , but a bit more sunshine would have made it even better .
Before ending , I post a shot from the top of the Greensand Ridge , across the valley , to the church at Ide Hill , which , I have been told is the highest church in Kent - in altitude .
Sad day tomorrow , last day of the Hedgelaying Season . What am I going to do on a Saturday now ?