This is an attempt to share some of the sightings of birds and various other wildlife that can be seen around the National Trust property here at Sissinghurst in Kent, plus some accounts of trips further afield.
Friday, 28 January 2011
It was slightly lighter this morning, with the broken cloud but as I got out of the car not one bird was singing! A few Redwings called unseen, Blackbirds and Robins flew from in front of me but it wasn't until I got to the lake, a 5 minute walk depending on how many birds there are, that the first song was heard, a Song Thrush from the shelter of the wood, maybe the other birds didn't fancy sitting out in the cool easterly.
Early morning at the lake
I did a complete circuit of the lake, which again was quiet until a flock of Long-Tailed Tits alerted me to an incoming threat! A Sparrowhawk appeared briefly overhead, later it was seen doing it's characteristic undulating display just over the woods. The usual Siskins, Redpolls and Linnets were all heard flying over in the next few minutes. Taking another different route from my usual early morning ramblings, I headed towards the park field, here about 10 Mallard took flight from a damp area at the bottom of the field and my first Marsh Tit of the week was heard, a couple of Stock Doves then drifted by on V-shaped wings. I made my way uphill and spotted a Buzzard heading away over the car park. Back at the car park a Treecreeper showed really well and I thought I might actually get a photo but it disappeared, I got in the car and the Treecreeper was back, right in front of me through the windscreen, so I grabbed the camera and had a go at a couple of shots, unfortunately the results weren't great but here is the best of them!! I think you can just tell it's a Treecreeper? You might need to squint a bit.