It was windy this morning with showers, and it got windier as the day went on - another unjuly type day!
I still managed to find 49 bird species in the 5 hour visit, but butterflies were few and far between. Nothing of particular note stood out today, but the first MISTLE THRUSH since July 4th was recorded, and quite a few SWIFTS were moving through, headed west, Its at the end of July that the vast majority suddenly disappear, and I increasingly start to lose them from the daylists.
The SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS were seen feeding their fledged young at the college grounds, where a GOLDCREST was doing the same. Just one raptor was seen - a KESTREL, and only two Gull species flew over, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED. At the lake area 19 CANADA GEESE were on the lake, with 4 MALLARD, a few MOORHEN and a GREY HERON, quite busy!!
The LESSER WHITETHROAT at Ashes Lane showed up again, but the number of other summer migrants seen were few, just singles mostly of TURTLE DOVE, CHIFFCHAFF, WHITETHROAT, and BLACKCAP.
Hopefully the weather will calm down soon, and over the rest of July I can make a concentrated effort on finding some passing migrants to boost the flagging month list, or even add something to the year list.
Not much to photograph today, This Male HOUSE SPARROW stayed still long enough to get snapped though. It was feeding nestlings.
Below is a SWALLOW, looking fed up with the rubbish insect catching weather!