After being away from the Peninsula for a couple of days it was good to get out this morning especially as it was such a glorious summer morning at last. Stopping off at Cockles Bridge I was surprised to see a Polecat/Ferret trotting down the lane towards me, on closer inspection the animal was injured below the neck perhaps by a harness or a snare, as soon as I moved towards it darted off into the under growth and lost. Also of note by the bridge 3 Yellow Wagtails, a Corn Bunting, 4 Stock Doves, Marsh Harrier and Little Egret.
The injury to the neck clearly visible in this image.
Spoonbill at ScotneyAt Scotney an immature Spoonbill at the Kent end of the main lake with 5 Avocets. At the back of Scotney farm 5+ pairs of Avocets, on the island with the Black-headed Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls also on the island. In the fields plenty of Yellow Wagtails, Corn Buntings and Skylarks but no Tree Sparrows. Over the fields several Marsh Harriers and Common Buzzards one in very heavy moult, also 1 of the Little Owls showing well by the barns.
A bit of moult going on.
Lunchtime in the garden a procession of 14 Mediterranean Gulls over, 2 Oystercatchers and a Common Buzzard.
This afternoon on Burrowes 2 Pintail and 2 Wigeon still, 3 Ringed Plovers, a distant Peregrine but little else of note.
After a huge thunderstorm last night The Plodland MV was stuffed with more Plutella Xylostella and the first Barred Red of note.