There are times when you don't see birds, but hear them, and today was one of those days. A walk in the woods at Chilham brought plenty of birdsong but few clear sightings. Only Goldcrests, Robins, Coal, Blue and Great Tits were easy to see, while the calls of Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tits and (at 10.30am in bright sunshine) Tawny Owl were not complemented by views.The most enigmatic bird was, however, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, which drummed frequently on at least three posts, but despite my careful approach and patient waits (a pheasant walked over my foot, squirrels fed from my hands - well, almost) I could not get a glimpse.
The sound was pleasing enough, though, as I had never heard one drumming, and it sounds quite different to the Great Spot - softer, longer (2 - 3 seconds at a time) and quieter, so you're actually closer than you first think.
On the way home, a quick walk through Captain's Wood to see if similar LSW drumming could be heard, but no luck - however, Wood Anemones are starting to emerge....
....and the ground is covered with the small leaves of Lesser Celandines, with the occasional early flower.
The one below with mottled leaves looked so perfect I had to feel it, to make sure it wasn't made of silk. It has 10 petals, while the one above has 12 - apparently they do vary, but without photos I'd never noticed.