At least the weather had settled for today's walk, which produced another species for the months list, a GREY WAGTAIL, which was on one of the ornimental ponds in the college grounds, an anticipated species, but not a gauranteed one!
A CORMORANT that flew over early on, and several skiens of GREYLAG GEESE, with two GREY HERONS at the lake area, all species not seen everyday, made for a very good daylist of 54 species, which could have been higher - even setting a daylist record, If species like MISTLE THRUSH, PHEASANT, and LESSER WHITETHROAT had shown up.
A mixed feeding flock of mainly BLUE, LONG TAILED, and GREAT TITS were found in the wet woods, but with them was a MARSH TIT, presumably the one that was seen earlier this month, also with the flock were two
TREECREEPERS and a NUTHATCH, there were at least six Treecreepers seen on various parts of my patch today.
The afternoon visit provided the Raptors for the day list, KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD were all seen hunting over Migrant Alley.
Butterflies continued to surprise me, I added two more to the year list, a Female Holly Blue, and two separate Clouded Yellows, one was very ''Orangey''
Above: A GREEN WOODPECKER in the early morning half-light, and below a COMMON WHITETHROAT.
Below is the first Grey wagtail of the month, an immature one
Below is a Common Darter
Next is a Speckled Wood Butterfly, looking a bit worn now.
Below is the first Holly Blue Butterfly of the year