Before I move onto today's stuff, a quick bit about my brief visit to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on Monday. I only had a couple of hours and didn't see a lot, nothing new for the year. In particular, I didn't see the Glaucous Gull reported on Sunday, or the Lesserspot seen the week before. However, I did finally meet Greenie, author of the excellent Greenie in the Wild blog, which was a great pleasure. We met in the Tyler hide, and watched some interesting Lapwing behaviour.
And so to today. My friend Sue, formerly of Pembury, has moved to the wilds of East Sutton on the wrong side (as far as travel is concerned) of Maidstone. Her pretty cottage is set among lovely rolling fields, copses and orchards. I went over for the day and spent some time in the garden, noting a rather amazing variety of birdlife considering I barely moved from the spot.
Other finches included good numbers of Chaffinches and Goldfinches and a singing Linnet almost hidden in a thick bush. Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits were in the trees, as was a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. I heard Wren, Dunnock, Chiffchaff and Robin, while the hedge on the lane opposite bristled with House Sparrows. Overhead flew Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, a Stock Dove, Rooks and a Kestrel. I'll have to have a more thorough look around next time.