Friday, 17 June 2016

It was brighter first thing this morning, but clouds soon built up and rain showers soon arrived.

Only an hour was spent out on my patch today, as most of the day was spent getting ready for my trip to Wales next week. The hour or so I was out was mostly spent watching the comings and goings of the KESTRELS over at the Greenhouse Grounds as they brought in food for their nestlings. I heard BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF singing from the nearby greenhouse copse, plus the COMMON WHITETHROATS were giving an agitated alarm call, indicating young were about, but I couldn't find any! The local SWALLOWS have at least 3 broods out now, 7 young birds were lined up on a fence line at Migrant Alley.

I checked up on a few other nest sites I know of that are in the Greenhouse grounds, but they are still holding young, so no new successfully bred species were added to the years list, that had to wait until I got home, when both GOLDFINCH, and at last, BLACKBIRD fledglings were both seen in my garden  :-) The ''Successfully Bred'' patch list now reaches 29.

My next Pittswood post will be on Sunday the 26th June, however, I may get to do a couple of blog posts from Wales, depending on the internet connection and computer availability!

Not the most flattering image of the young Blackbird!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The showers were fewer this morning, with short spells of sunshine in between, but an increasing SW wind kept things cool.

I visited most of my patch today, and during the 3 hour visit found 46 bird species with only Mistlethrush, Long Tailed Tit, Sparrowhawk and Pheasant missing from the regular resident species.

It was good to see the LESSER WHITETHROAT again at the Greenhouse Grounds, I just need to confirm successful breeding by finding some newly fledged ones! The same can be said for the COMMON WHITETHROATS, also at the Greenhouse Grounds, their young must be ready to fledge soon. I did however find the first BLACKCAP fledglings, they were over at the Scrubby Woods, 3 recently fledged young were huddled together in a bramble bush, whilst being fed by both parents.

A surprise KINGFISHER (61) was on the lakes, it flew across all three water bodies, calling loudly as it went, obviously aware of the BUZZARD at the top of a bankside tree and the KESTREL that was mobbing it! At least the months species list has now moved from last place to joint second last place ! Both the Mute swans have now departed the lakes, but there was a GREY HERON present, along with a few MALLARDS and a new MOORHEN family.

Still no action for the camera!!!!!!!!!