Not alot to report from my patch this afternoon, although it was nice to see a BUZZARD up high over Migrant Alley, which was inevitably closely followed by one of the local PEREGRINES. A second family of COMMMON WHITETHROATS were seen, they were around the small pool of water that collects from the tree nursery fields, it's nearly dry now though. In the scrub area at Migrant Alley I found my first Large Skipper Butterfly of the year, and also managed a photo of a Meadow Brown Buttefly, only the second one seen this year.
The weather has settled down a bit now, and scores of SWALLOWS were over the Sheep pasture and paddocks, I expect to see the first young ones out very soon, above the Swallows, 15 -20 SWIFTS were feeding, but very few HOUSE MARTINS were recorded. As I was watching all these hirundines, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew over being harrassed a CARRION CROW, the Gull seemed to be carrying off a young bird of some description - maybe one of the crows young ?
I took this Photo of the Juv. GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER that was my feeders this afternoon.
Below is a Large Skipper