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.
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Calm before the storm?
It's been a fairly quiet time on the patch although to be honest I haven't visited as much as I would like. CHIFFCHAFFS are around in good numbers and the MANDARIN have been seen a few more times after their long absence. The BARNACLE GOOSE (68) that seems to spend most of its time between here and Warrens Pittswood patch has been present on and off over the last week or two. Also a big surprise was the first RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE (69) for at least two years, when a pair flew up from the the field just below the moat, last Wednesday morning. This weekend saw a few LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS flying south with HERRING GULLS yesterday and today the first BLACKCAP (70) on patch was found close to the west end of the upper lake. Other birds have included KINGFISHER, LITTLE EGRET and 7 BUZZARDS yesterday. Here are a couple of pictures from the last week.