Hi, my name is Simon. My local patch is Mote Park, one of Kent’s largest parks and right on the edge of Maidstone, the county town of Kent. It is a former country estate, and records of the Park date back since before the 14th century. The park has a variety of habitats and this blog will note all the wildlife that I encounter in them.
I couldn't visit the park this morning because I had a meeting on the Romney Marsh with a farmer. I was arranging a guided walk for my local Maidstone RSPB Group for which I am the Outdoor Leader. The farm holds key farmland bird species such as Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Grey Partridge, plus some goodies such as Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Hobby in the summer, and Barn and Little Owls. They also have Badgers and a colony of black Rabbits! Needless to say I'm very much looking forward to the full walk we have organised after being impressed on my visit today.
I didn't get home until half 3 and I headed straight for the park to see if the Jack Snipe could be seen in the old pond - which unfortunately it wasn't. A Grey Wagtail made an appearance and 3 Water Rail gave fantastic views - the old pond is a top spot for these guys this winter. I really like Water Rails with their intriguing mix of colours and patterns and with an opportunity to get close photos I couldn't resist some more!
Also seen was a Jay, 1 Treecreeper, and 1 Green Woodpecker.