A fantastic day to be out and about, it was sunny right from the off. The last full walk of the month started at 07:00 and finished just over 5 hours later, with a total of 43 species seen, a little disappointing for the time spent out, normally easy birds like Bullfinch and Long tailed Tit were not seen, and there were no flyover House Martins, or Kestrel. The only Warblers seen were the CHIFFCHAFF.
On the upside, the WHINCHAT was still at Migrant Alley, and 2 YELLOW WAGTAILS flew from the watery ditch along the nothern border. Just 3 SWALLOWS were seen, and there was a noticeable increase in SONGTHRUSH numbers, some going over, and some busy feeding on the plentiful berries. The birds of the day for me though, were the two MUTE SWANS that flew over, i've not recorded this species since May, and their addition to the months list brings it to a total of 71, the joint best ever monthly total along with April 2006, and the April just gone. With two days of the month still left I could reach an all time record,with the most likely species to be found a Kingfisher.
This ROBIN was singing loudly in the hedge between the greenhouses and Maize stubbles.
Below: Flitting between the hedge that had the Robin in, and the greenhouses, was a Whinchat, probably the same one as seen yesterday
Below: The two Mute Swans that flew over.