A repeat of yesterday afternoons walk was had today, and the weather was repeated as well, with the temperature into the 70's . I went over to the scrub by the lake, and took a seat. I listened for 20mins and heard the spring migrant BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, WHITETHROAT, and over flying SWALLOWS, also heard were the resident BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, DUNNOCK and the finch's and Tits all chipping in, making it a pleasant april afternoon, but then it got even more pleasent, yes, the first LESSER WHITETHROAT (91) has arrived, its rattling little song will be just one more to join the spring chorus!
Once again I made my way over to Migrant Alley, the obligatory SPARROWHAWK flew over as I did so. I was glad to get to my seat, and plonked myself down, the heat of the day was proving tiring, and it wasn't very conducive to finding birds. 8 HOUSE MARTINS were high in the sky, and another or the same Sparrowhawk went over, a BUZZARD was again seen, this time up over West Peckham church, which is on the high ground to the NE of my patch. I didn't see the any of the PEREGRINES this afternoon, but I did have two good views of one this morning as I walked into work. By 16:00 the hot sun had defeated me, and I made my way back home, happy with the Lesser Whitethroat record, which was the 70 species for the month, just one more species will equal the April record, maybe the Turtle Dove will turn up tomorrow!
Below is a Photo of a PIED WAGTAIL, one of the few birds that were seen out on the harrowed field today.
Below is a Whitethroat, there were at least 4 on my patch today, this one was in a large garden on the edge of the tree nursery.