Here in Larkfield we had a garden visit recently from a juvenile Green Woodpecker.
I think they breed in the old trees around the lake here, as the Great Spotted do. I regularly see them flying from that direction and often here them yaffling loudly at the crack of dawn as if they were just outside our bedroom window, i'm not quite so keen on them then.
I 've managed a couple of brief visits to New Hythe lakes over the last couple of weeks but as elsewhere things have been very quiet. Last saturday I had a call from Terry Laws to say he had a Spotted Flycatcher in the sunken marsh. This is a very good bird for NH, i've only seen one since I started watching there about five years ago, so I was a bit miffed about missing this one. All wasn't lost though when I got a call from Jerry Warne on thursday afternoon to say it had turned up again in exactly the same spot. A quick (trolley) dash from Tesco's followed and I was soon on the footpath near the bucket wood admiring this cracking little bird, my 99th species at NH this year. As I said, not one I see very often, more's the pity. Many thanks Terry and Jerry.
Highlights today from a circuit of New Hythe with Terry included a Kingfisher over the corner of the marsh, where later a mixed flock of Gt Tits, Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were seen making the most of the Blackberries and Elderberries. A couple of unidentified waders , probable Green Sandpipers along the river and a couple of early Wigeon on Abbey Mead lake. Raptors were well represented by a super Hobby along the river, a Sparrowhawk or two hunting high and a couple of distant Buzzards. While over in the east scrub we sat for a few minutes watching another Sparrowhawk, another distant, probable Buzzard and the star of the show, another or the same Hobby. This time treating us to a stunning aerial flying display while catching and eating dragonflies on the wing. This merited a round of 'raptorous' applause I thought.