This week I carried out a Nightjar survey at Tudeley Woods, the results being 2 churring males on Pembury Heath. I had amazing views of them performing their mating displays including them wing clapping.  

At Decoy Pond the spotted flycatcher has been seen carrying out its typical aerial feeding forays from perches on some of the surrounding trees.

Several species of fledged chicks have been seen across the reserve including nuthatch, marsh tit, coal tit, goldcrest and tree creeper. Several garden warblers continue to sing in the scrubby areas of the Plants and Brakeybank .

We had a report of 2 hobbies being seen over the reserve a few weeks ago and a red kite last week. 2 kestrels and several buzzards continue to be seen hunting across Yewtree and Sandhill field. While Brakeybank meadow is filled with common spotted orchids.

Other wildlife sightings this week include grass snakes, slow worms, common lizards. Several Painted lady butterflies continue to be seen across the site as well as common blues and ringlets.

Please let us know of any interesting sightings you may have at Tudeley Woods.

Matt

RSPB Warden

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