A four hour visit from 06:30 in windy and overcast conditions, proved a little disapointing. Just 41 species were recorded, well down on recent visits. The most abundant bird was the ROOK, with 110 feeding on the horse paddocks at migrant alley, closely followed by Jackdaw, of which 85 were seen, feeding with them. I can't believe that for the first time in over 6 years of walking my patch, I didn't record a Chaffinch! Although there were two on the feeders when I got home, so thats really 42 for the day.
The whole walk was actually very quiet birdwise, and 17 of the species seen had a count of 5 or less. There were highlights to the day, 2 KINGFISHERS were seen, 1 on the stream behind the college, and 1 in the college grounds, on one of the small ponds. Also a first my Southern Hawker (I think). It was again by one of the ponds at the college.
Flyovers included a count of 61 HERRING GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK BACK GULLS, 45 GREY LAG and 4 CANADA GEESE.
A female Southern Hawker. Thanks for the sex greenie.....errr, I mean thanks for ID of gender!!