A catch up post on the last three days , started with a search on Friday for two small flocks of Waxwings in the Croydon area . Despite a good look around the areas , not a single bird was seen . On the way home , I went to check on the juvenile Common Buzzard , with the bonus of the sun coming out on my way there .No sign to begin with , but after a short time , it swooped down for a worm , but flew straight back into the trees at the back of the horse field . More waiting and another couple of worms brought it a bit closer , but still too far to photograph . I must admit , I was about to
With wall to wall sunshine promised for the morning , I left the house early to see if I could get some Hawfinch shots in better light conditions . I arrived at 0730 , before the sun rose and before the magical half hour when the birds are most active according to Adam / East Malling , Ditton and Barming , and he should know as they are almost on his doorstep . I wasn't the first there though , Nick , who is a fellow reptile surveyor up on the Greensand Ridge , had been there for some time already . There was some cloud about , but as the sun showed for the first time , it wasn't long before one then a second Hawfinch flew in , perching right at the top of the Ash tree . Not the best lighting
This morning , I did the Down House bird survey in overcast and chilly conditions . Not a good result , with just 15 species recorded , but bankers such as Blackbird , Greenfinch ,Starling , Wren Dunnock and any species of Thrush failed to show up , which would have made it more respectable .
On my way round , a few signs of Spring were found , Dog's Mercury / Mercurialis perennis , a
This afternoon whilst on a walk with Carol , we found the first Lesser Celandine flowers on a roadside verge , along with two yellow Crocuses , probably dumped with garden rubbish in the past , and in a front garden , the first Daffodils of the year in full flower .
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