I can't believe this weather! The last 3 mornings have been dull, grey, and misty, and each day progressively worse on the mist front, so much so I didn't even bother taking my camera out today.
A 3 and a half hour walk from 06:45 was all I had time for today, but still managed a good total of 48 species. Most of these were seen rather than heard, as bird song was very limited, only 4 CHIFFCHAFF and 2 BLACKCAP were heard, I know for a fact there are more than that about!
I checked the lake for the Shoveler ducks, but they had moved on, only a few MALLARD and MOORHEN remained, and the two now seemingly resident CORMORANT sitting in their tree.
At the halfway point of my walk I had got 44 species on the day list, a really good tally, and I didn't expect to add more than one or two more at Migrant Alley, and the college grounds, I was almost proved right, 4 more did in fact go on the list - a MEADOW PIPIT flew over the plough, a couple of SWALLOWS were over the greenhouse complex and a GOLDCREST was finally picked up at the college grounds, bird of the day though went to a KINGFISHER that flew up the college stream, my first this month, in fact the first since the 22nd of Feb.
Other birds of some note today were 5 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, on the sheep paddocks at migrant alley, a singing WILLOW WARBLER in one of the large gardens along Ashes Lane, and a SPARROWHAWK that flew over the tree nursery, clutching some unfortunate victim.
PS. Still no Cuckoo! Have I lost the local bird that has been here every year, or is it still on it's way? Hopefully the latter, and it will turn up tomorrow.
* Late News: I had a quick walk round the plough at migrant alley with my good lady wife (bless her) this afternoon, and as we rested on the horse jump, I heard a COMMON SANDPIPER (124: 88) going over! I just caught it in my bins as it sped NE. A fantastic tick for my patch!