It was still, and sunny when I set of for a four hour walk round the patch at 06:30 this morning. However by the end of the walk conditions were turning windy, and heavy cloud drifted over. A disappointing total of 42 species was recorded, with common species such as Dunnnock, Songthrush, and Mistlethrush not being found. Summer migrants were few also, only BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, and LESSER WHITETHROAT were seen, along with the SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS. There was no sign of the Spotted Flycatchers in the college grounds, but a KINGFISHER flew off one of the ponds there. The only other thing happening today was the continued flyover of Gulls, LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING and to a lesser extent BLACK HEADED GULLS, were all trickling over.
Above and below: One of the few summer migrants to be seen was this young Blackcap, feeding on elderberries.