I had intended to walk the cliff top at Bockhill today, but the fog rolled in and I decided on another visit to Captain's Wood near Whitfield.
I still feel that it has some secrets to yield and I did see a few more birds in there today, but nothing exceptional. A couple of Treecreepers went quietly about their business and there were the usual titmice including several Coal Tits. In much of the wood the dense canopy and coppice makes taking photos difficult.
Unfortunately the wood has quite a few grey squirrels in it. This introduced pest causes much damage to our woodlands, both to the trees, especially young saplings by stripping the bark and to our native birds, by taking eggs and nestlings. It is a shame that the drive to exterminate them in the fifties didn't succeed, as I believe that they are a major factor in the huge population decreases in our woodland birds.
n the way back I stopped to look at St Mary's Church, Lydden. I will have to find more about this interesting looking church, unusually there is little on the internet out it. The facinationg thing about the village churches is that they are one of the main indicators of the history of the county. A series of three books by James Anthony Syms is available, unfortunately the first one is now a rarity and goes for about £100, while theother two are £5.95 each.
At the back of the Church I flushed a Little Owl which flew to the hedgerow, and stayed, half hidden for a few seconds before disappearing deep in the tree.