A repeat of yesterdays circuit of my patch, produced many of the same species, in the same places, right down to seeing two CUCKOO'S flying across the tree nursery in exactly the same place! The total day list made it to a very good 52, adding just one species that wasn't seen yesterday - a NUTHATCH. Another species that should have been on the list both yesterday and today was the Jay, it has eluded me all weekend.
Two more species were confirmed breeding on my patch, when I found a fledged TREECREEPER, and a family of fledged COAL TITS.
Other noteable sightings was my first photograph of a Toad, found in the college gardens, and a continual passage of Painted lady Butterflies, one passed me every 10 mins or so! There must be many thousands of these migrant butterflies if this passage has been repeated over the county.
Below is my first Toad Photo.
This Cuckoo below, has been giving me the run around for weeks, I have been after a decent photo of one for some time. Today I staked out it's normal calling perch ( getting stung by nettles and stabbed by thorns in the process.) I sat for half an hour, and was rewarded when it flew onto the power line above the scrub by the lake.
At first it kept preening, and wouldn't look up.