Wandering through the lanes towards Ash, from Richborough Castle, there is a lot of low lying grazing land and then you come upon Apple Orchards. Before the orchards I did come across this Mistle Thrush perched on a wire. Nice bird shame about the perch!
Apple Orchards are mostly different to the ones I used to go to round Maidstone back in the 1950's. The the trees grew much older and were probably more attractive to birds. Even now some of the older ones do have fallen apples on the ground. When this happens there will be thrushes. This Blackbird is enjoying a fallen apple right beside the road.
This is one of the older orchards and it really was full of birds, but the mostly vanished at the sight of a camera, or perhaps me. I really like the look of the older trees, although I realise that the more modern growing methods are why I can get apples at the price I do in the shops.
Although the Redwings quickly vanished into the depths of the hedges quite a few of the Fieldfares sat on top of the tallest trees chuckling away.
There were birds feeding in this much younger orchard, but it didn't seem to hold as many as my first stop. I did see at least one Song Thrush, completing out four wintering "Turdus" species here.
Almost underneath the Thrush a young Lapwing was worming in the field, but disappointingly I failed to find any Golden Plovers out here, there must be some in the fields out here, but I wasn't looking in the right place.