Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day! Sunny all day, hardly any wind, fabulous. And lots of people agreed, as I've not seen the car park as full in a long time. Which made it even worse, as I was still feeling like death on a stick, trying to shake off the cold bug that had overwhelmed me last week and so I spent most of the day huddled round a mug of hot lemon & honey. I did manage to pop out for a short while in the afternoon around the farm and was pleased to see an early hunting barn owl, a buzzard and a peregrine, plus the usual flocks of wigeon, lapwing and feral geese (the white-fronts seem to have temporarily moved on).
But I definitely didn't share one (?) lucky observers fortune, when the bird of the year so far drifted over Spitend just about lunch-time
Red Kite - Phil Haynes
I've seen red kites at Elmley before, but to see one on Sunday afternoon, with that light! That would have been special.
Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year!
You have my sympathy as I too have been suffering from the dreaded cold bug going around.
As a result I didn't make it to Elmley on Sunday (which was my plan). It was annoying to be ill on such a good day, especially with the Red Kite about.
Fingers crossed for good weather this weekend and hopefully it will still be around. Suffice to say any pics I get will be posted here.