The second, mainly farmland part of the walk was breezy, cloudy and cool. A KESTREL was hunting over the tree nursery, and as I watched, a steady flow of HERRING GULLS went over, with a couple of BLACKHEADED and LESSER BLACKBACKS. I walked up the foot path along migrant alley, and disturbed a family of 4 maybe 5 foxes, they ran of into the maize crop, but as I froze and watched, one yougster came back out for a second, just to check me out, they nearly always do that, such curiosity! A bit futher along, the footpath splits to go to the college, and placed here, in a large pile, is all the dung from the horses, LINNETS were feeding there, along with two TURTLE DOVES. A walk down the edge of the college and along the stream, added little to my list, but as I cut across into the college grounds a GREY HERON flew up from one of the small ponds. The last bird on my list was a YELLOWHAMMER, seen as I walked back through migrant alley on my way back home. I was especially pleased to see it was a female carrying a large caterpillar, as it confirmed breeding for another species on my patch.
butterflies seen today included this handsome Gatekeeper, a common species on my patch
A curious young fox comes out for ''just one more look''
A smashing Turtle Dove, one of a pair at the dung pile. How the hell can anyone want to blast these beautful doves into extinction?.................. Mediterranean Morons!!