I did my usual slow drive down to the Harty Ferry Inn and back , making several stops along the way . The wires provided interest as usual , with a smart male Kestrel using them as a good lookout over the ground below , and another three Corn Buntings , two of which flew off as I stopped , but one stayed just that little bit longer . As I said in the last post , at least six Marsh harriers were seen , some still patrolling the ditches , searching for the next meal , but others were in show off mood , chasing and calling as they did so . Even though the tide was right in , there was little to be seen at the saltings behind the Ferry Boat Inn , and definitely no sign of the Spoonbill that has been seen there recently . As I reached the Fleet on my return journey , a pair of Oystercatchers seemed to be settling down to roost , both on one leg , perhaps it's a Sheppey thing . As I reached the top of the hill , an orange lamb caught my attention in the field on the left . When I stopped and got a better look , it was the second of a pair of lambs , and had probably been born as I was driving up the hill . The whiter lamb , steadier on it's legs , was probably the first born . Back in the car and driving down to the main road , a small flock of 5/6 Red Legged Partridge appeared from the hedge on the right and started running in front of the car like Pheasants do . The majority took off and flew into the field on the left , but these two 'roadrunners' almost reached the main road before they gave up . The last sighting of the day was the same as the first , a Brown Hare on the edge of the field the RLPartridges flew into . The only difference with the first sighting was that this Hare was taking the late afternoon rays with a female Mallard , another Sheppey thing ? I finished up with 63 species on the island .
A few shots from today whilst working up on the Common in milky sunshine , but very pleasant conditions . We had non stop song all day from a Chiffchaff that seemed to be visiting every tall tree in the area to spread it's message . Also seen and heard toing and froing amongst the tall Gorse were a pair of Long-tailed Tits , let's hope they are luckier than last year when the nest was predated , probably by a Magpie . Still just butterflies that have hibernated as adults seen today , with 5+ male Brimstone , 2 Comma that seemed to spent all their time and energy fighting amongst themselves or with two Peacock that wanted to call the area theirs .
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