Monday morning, and although I wasn't working it was obvious everyone else was! I spent most of the day birding on my patch, and disturbance was everywhere. Mowers on the golf course, Garden machinery around the lake area, bulldozer at the greenhouses, and it sounded like brands hatch at the college grounds with all the strimmers and hedge cutters going.
Anyway, i'll get told off if I keep moaning! Despite all the above I recorded 49 species, though again actual numbers of birds were low. The biggest concentration of birds was a mixed feeding flock of BLUE, GREAT and LONG TAILED TITS, along with a couple of TREECREEPERS, all in the wet woods. As I came out of the woods and into the small holding, a LITTLE OWL was roosted up in an Oak tree.
A good record for the day was 2 SAND MARTIN that went over with a single SWIFT, a bit of migration going on, but no migrants were seen at migrant alley, just LINNETS, PIED WAGTAILS and a mixed Corvid flock. A KINGFISHER was at the college grounds along with at least. 2 SPOTTED FYCATCHERS, remarkably the first seen this month! Normally Aug. is a good month to see Spotfly's. KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK flew over during the visit, as did 3 types of GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING and BLACK HEADED.
This male Ruddy Darter took my eye, a striking colour