|LITTLE GREBE ON THE MEDWAY AT NEW HYTHE|
I'm not a great keeper of lists but I do like to keep a yearly patch list, the patch being New Hythe Lakes in Kent.
in 2017 I wasn't able to visit the lakes with the same frequency as I have in other years and this resulted in some slightly disappointing totals. This is how it all ended.
Birds 99 Species Including, bittern, little ringed plover, red kite, waxwing, raven, goosander and scaup.
Butterflies 17 Species Including, clouded yellow, brown argus, painted lady and brimstone.
Dragonflies 12 Species Including, broad-bodied chaser, downy emerald, scarce chaser and southern hawker.
Damselflies 8 Species Including, small red-eyed and willow emerald.
I'm sure that 2018 will be better, particularly for the birds. It's off to a cracking start with 59 species in the bag so far including a surprise Hawfinch this morning, a super bird and a New Hythe patch tick as well.
Also worthy of mention today were; common sandpiper on the river from bucket wood and scaup and wigeon on Abbey Mead lake.