Above is the view over the now treeless part of the tree nursery. This is what I looked over yesterday evening, as I sat and waited for dusk to fall. Quite a number of birds were seen - many more than an afternoon visit would have provided. Highlights were :- 2 CUCKOOS, a KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK, HOBBY and at least 4 flyby TURTLE DOVES, best of all I got a LITTLE OWL, the first this month, which called at 21:50, not a bad evening visit.
Back to this morning, and day dawned clear and warm, it then became very warm by 09:00. A total of 48 species was a little disappointing for a 4 hour visit, but I was back by 11:00, so Raptors didn't feature strongly on my list, just a KESTREL. I also missed Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat, but they have stopped singing now and are proving pretty elusive.
The college grounds provided a few photo oportunities, when a group of SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS were sharing the resources of a muddy puddle, to build their nests. It was also at the college gardens that most of the singing was occurring, of the migrant birds BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF were vocal, the SONGTHRUSH, DUNNOCK, WREN, BLACKBIRD, and CHAFFINCH held up the residents side of things.
Not much was happening at Migrant Alley today, a SKYLARK was seen, and PIED WAGTAILS flitted to and from the Greenhouses, taking food to their fledged young, some LINNET families were seen around the paddocks - good to see they have successfuly bred. An hours skywatch produced just the Kestrel, 2 CUCKOO'S a HERRING GULL and a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, as well as the Swallows, House Martins and SWIFTS zipping around.
The lake area, wet woods and small holding didn't add much to what was already on my list, just a couple of CANADA GOOSE families on the water, and a singing TURTLE DOVE.
Below are few Photo's of the shared puddle, used by the House Martins and Swallows. I particularly like the reflections in the water.