For a few posts now , I have been meaning to delete some of the older pictures on the blog , to make room for those that will hopefully be posted in the future . I noted that the said shots were taken just about a year ago to the day , so had a quick look through before deleting them .
I was amazed to see what was about at this time last year , as I had already found the first shoots of Early Purple Orchid , Primrose in flower , on a trip to New Hythe , Water Vole feeding in one of the ditches . On the same day , calling in at Fackenden Down , my first Adder sightingof the year , a very earthy looking specimen , just emerged into Spring sunshine , after spending the Winter underground in it's hibernacula . I had even seen my first butterfly on the wing , a Brimstone up on the Common . With what has been thrown at us this Winter , such sightings seem so unreal this year . I know I had a hibernating Peacock a few weeks ago in the garage , incidentally , it is still there , having moved slightly onto some cloth that I put to ward off the draught from the eaves . Nothing exciting in the garden today , apart from a female Blackbirdthat made me take a second look , before deciding it couldn't possibly be a female Ring Ousel . I remember Adam-East Malling , Ditton and Barming saying a while back , that he had seen some similar specimens .