Tuesday, 28 March 2017


A female blackcap was a surprise visitor to the Firs Chase garden on Monday 27th. This is the first one back to the garden this spring and only the second one back onto the Island so far.
A chiffchaff was singing from some nearby trees in Firs Chase.

A male sparrowhawk flashed overhead and a pair of Mediterranean gulls flew over calling during the afternoon.
The male robin was examining the newly mown lawn for grubs and then presenting them to his female partner waiting nearby.

The sunshine on Monday brought several butterflies into the garden, where they sheltered out of the strong breeze such as this comma sitting on a stick.
Two peacocks were seen chasing each other a few times during the middle of the day.

Two small tortoiseshells rested on the roof of the house, soaking up the warmth for almost half an hour here.

The male red squirrel with the pale eye-rings is still making early morning visits to the feeder each day, although the female hasn't been noted for several days. The great spotted woodpecker was seen perched beside the feeder the day before.

A hedgehog was seen recently seen by Carole Reed in her Firs Chase garden

A morning walk along the Strood seawall on Monday 27th produced 50 brent geese, 2 greylag geese, 2 little grebes, 40 linnets, 10 skylarks and 3 reed buntings. Two chiffchaffs were heard near the Lane.

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