Over the river I watched this Fox, as did the Heron in the background, as it took a few tentative steps in the water. Maybe he'd watched the Heron fishing and thought it was worth a try.
But the water proved to be too cold I think and he thought better of it.
Every now and again the sun briefly came out and almost instantly the sun lovers followed suit. The ragged Peacock above was the only butterfly I saw all morning and the Bee flies, below looked as smart as ever. You never see them looking tatty.
The Common Whitethroats have arrived in force at New Hythe, a bit later than usual I think. It's good to hear their scratchy little song being delivered from the tops of small bushes again and in the south east corner I heard, and waited patiently to see, a Lesser Whitethroat.
Before crossing the railway track I saw this female Blackcap pluck a snail off a dead twig, i've not seen that before. Maybe she thinks she's a Song Thrush. On the other side of the track a male Blackcap, below, was singing at the top of his voice, perhaps they'll get together.
The east scrub was filled with the song of Nightingales, even though it was late morning by now. It was here that I had oner of those moments when you think, 'if only I could get a picture, it would be utterly fantastic' I saw a Nightingale in a Hawthorn bush. It was singing as if its life depended on it and its tail was fanned out displaying to a female I think. Then a sunbeam shone through the bush lighting the bird and illuminating its tail so much that it looked like a Redstart. That'll be the day I get a picture like that. The Nightingale below was the best I could do today!
As I walked along the south side of the east scrub looking for Water Voles (which I didn't find), I noticed this Mallard who had obviously noticed me first and hidden herself and her ducklings under an overhanging bush. I sneaked a quick picture and left her in peace.
Lunch was taken on the bucket by the river, where I added Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Shelduck and Green Sandpiper to my list making a brilliant 53 species for the morning.
New Hythe, New Hythe, so good they named it twice!
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