I decided to stay local today as Pam has got to drive me to Kings College Hospital tomorrow morning for a EEG scan. I started off by checking out the river at the bottom of the Dr's surgery. The tide was coming in quite quicky so I didn't have a lot of time. The species that I did see in the short time I was there was: Grey Heron, Mallard(2m1f), Lapwing(3), Moorhen(3), Common Sandpiper(1), Redshank(4), C/Crow, W/Pigeon, C/Dove, B/H/Gull(11), Common Gull(2), Herring Gull(3).
From here we went to East Malling. I haven't been there since the Waxwings was there last time. We parked by the church, and walked along the path at the side until you get to the orchard. The grave yard was alive with bird song, Thrushes, Finches, Tits. The most numerous bird around was Mistle Thrush, I counted 34 birds at the top of 1 tree alone. Their rattling call was everywhere.
When I got to the orchard the first thing I noticed was that that a lot of the fruit trees have been cut down, nearly to ground level. I didn't think I was going to see anything because the workmen was still at it, but it didn't put all of the birds off, there was 1 apple tree with 7 Fieldfare on it.
The other species of bird seen was: Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Magpie, C/Crow, B/H/Gull, Starling, Robin.
Next stop was New Hythe Lakes. Pam left me here as she wanted to go and do some christmas shopping, so I said I would ring her when I was ready to be picked up.
I started off by looking for the Goldeneye on Little Lunsford Lake, but I never saw it. Most of the birds I saw on both Lunsford Lakes was mostly the same species as was on Tesco Lake. Tufted Duck,Pochard, Greylag Geese,
I sat on one of the benches for a coffee, and I think the wildfowl thought I had food for them as they all came over towards me......as they do here.
I gave the lake a good scan for the Goosanders but to no avail, so I thought Iwould try for the Slav. I looked from the one of the fishermans platforms along by the factory, scanning everywhere and there it was, the Slavonian Grebe was on the far left side up against the reeds. It seemed to be making it's way towards me. By now the sun was going down and I desparately wanted to get a record photo of it, but all I could do is wait. The Slav was getting closer, but if I wanted to get a shot of it I was going to have to do it now, so I fired off a number of shots at various settings, but with the bright light in front of me I wasn't holding my breath, anyway this is about the best I could muster.
My Bird of the day is the ** Slavonian Grebe.**