The hoped for Winter visitor at Sevenoaks Reserve never materialised , but a couple of Kingfisher sightings from Willow Hide and 10/12 Egyptian Geese constantly flying between Snipe Bog Lake and the sheep fields beyond , made for the only shots taken on the visit .
vermicularis . Not so good was that every Violet Helleborine that I found had been grazed , no doubt by the Roe Deer . Today , I made a visit to South Norwood Country Park , but things were still the same with very little to be seen . A Robin greeted me on one of the platforms around the lake , and at the same time the nearby litter bin came to life as several Brown Rats decamped from it's interior and
disappeared into the bankside vegetation . On one side of the island , a pair of Shoveler were having a
lie-in , whilst around the other side , a single adult Lesser Black-backed Gull , and possibly a
juvenile , and what looks like a Common Gull to me , but unsure caused by the black tip to it's bill , were resting just above the water line . The rest of the gulls on site were all Black-headed . On the way home I stopped off briefly on the Common , finding a Jay opposite where I parked , which for
once allowed a couple of shots before it disappeared . Close-by were several Fly Agaric / Amanita muscaria , but most had been damaged by someone/something , so I had to be satisfied with a newly
emerged specimen , still with the remnants of it's veil showing on it's cap .
Hedgelaying tomorrow and heavy rain forecast for the morning , happy days !