Had a band rehearsal during the best part of the day today, so I had a quick walk round Harrow Lodge seeing as I neglected it for Rainham yesterday. Good thing too, managed a few patch ticks picking out Common and Herring gulls from the big playing field out front. Still no Grey Wags down by the river this year, but a rather special appearance from our friendly Kingfisher
I saw the usual flash of blue, and was pleasantly surprised when it pulled up, spread its wings and settled on a bush not 20 yards away from me on the riverbank. This was my first ever 'perching' view of Kingfisher and it's long overdue. The little stunner just sat there while I gawped, and even stayed still long enough for an attempt at digi-binning, a delicate operation at the best of times. And a year tick into the bargain. Awesome.
And as a little added bonus, I pulled up at the rehearsal studio at half one and was joined just minutes later by fellow band members who pointed me at a hole in the hedge to a field in which they'd seen a Yellow-Legged Gull on the way up. It was helpfully standing next to a Black Headed, so the difference in size and colouring was nice and obvious.
And the rehearsal wasn't shite. So there.