Bank Holiday Sunday is cold , wet ,cloudy so by 2 pm got stir crazy and ventured out despite of the weather.
Arrived at Brooklands to find hundreds of Swallows with a few House Martins and Swifts and a solitary Sand Martin skimming over the water , to stand on a fishing platform and watch all these flying around is mesmerising. They were joined by a Hobby for a few minutes before he moved to pastures new. Attempted to visit the bucket but found the Medway very high and the path to the bucket was under a few feet of river. Further along the path the river was still flowing into the marsh at the breach point. Here spotted a Marsh Harrier pick some prey off a stick in the river and land on the far bank to eat his meal only to be harrassed by a Crow who eventually saw him off all down the river before returning with a grin of satisfaction.
Along the train path at Holborough looking into the marsh is a riot of yellow as the Marsh Marigolds are in flower. Here 2 Cuckoos sat with a Linnet on a bush not calling and looking very bedraggled probably wondering why they did not stay on the Ivory Coast. From the hide 2 Redshanks were disturbed and then a couple of Lapwings followed by a Little Egret what predator did it I could not see. Water Rails were calling from the Reed bed possibly wondering where all the extra water had come from.
Bank holiday weather it may be but a great couple of hours.