The day finished as it started, some sunny intervals, and patchy cloud. I left for my walk at 06:00hrs, and notched up 49 species during a 5 hour visit. Mostly the same species that were seen yesterday, without the Reed Warbler though!
Three species I did see that weren't on yesterdays list were JAY, TREECREEPER and GREY LAG GOOSE, so 55 species for the weekend isn't bad. I wanted to find the first Nuthatch of the month, but they continue to elude me, and the Spotted flycatchers still havn't arrived, it's now 3 days after the mean arrival date, and 1 day later than last years arrivals. I wonder if any have been recorded inland yet?
The Garden Warblers in the lakeside scrub have stopped singing, I havn't heard them all weekend, but on the positive side another LESSER WHITETHROAT arrived on my patch today, it was singing from a patch of bramble in the College grounds.
A third of the way through may, and it seems I have already recorded all that I could reasonably expect, (except the Spot. Fly's) All the expected migrants have been seen, and the scarcer migrants like Yellow Wagtail, Wheater and Whinchat also turned up, as well as the rarer Reed Warbler, so it's going to be tough to add the 3 species needed to get the 100 year total, certainly before the Autumn. Best hope is for a flyover Common Tern, or a Mandarin Duck on the lake and of course the spot. fly. More unlikely would be a Sedge Warbler, or maybe a Red Kite. I still enjoy the challenge though, and i'll be out there for the rest of May, checking the sky and scouring the hedges!
In answer to adam's (http://dittoneastmallingbarming.blogspot.com/ )question on yeserday's blog, last year I had an all time record year list of 106, and at the end of May last year I had only recorded 87 species, a full 10 behind this year!
Not many photo oportunities today, but a Grey lag Goose flew low over my head, so he got snapped.
Also this Whitethroat, singing from an aerial, the first time i've seen one on such a structure!