A brief drive round the orchards at work (East Malling, Kent), armed with thermal imager in one hand and bins in the other, failed to produce any Woodcock (the expected result!), but did yield a smart Common Snipe not far from the Met Station. Other bits to start the 2023 patch list included the fabulous male Pheasant and a Great Spotted Woodpecker attempting to drill holes in to one of the tree posts.
Common Snipe had been considered a rare/occasional species on site but the use of thermal has highlighted they are much more regular than previously considered.
|Male Pheasant that has been on site for much of 2022|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|