Not much is changing at the moment on my patch, however yesterday evening I did manage to add a new species to the months list when 2 MANDARIN DUCK (76) flew over my house. I noticed they came from the small plastic lined reservoir over at the Greenhouse Complex, I watched the area on and off for about an hour, and saw 3 more drop in, one perched on a fence post, just like a wheatear - strange ducks these Mandarin. Also heard a LITTLE OWL calling from the small copse behind the greenhouses.
This morning on the way to work both LESSER and COMMON WHITETHROAT were singing from the hedge which runs along Ashes Lane and the Tree Nursery, i've only one of each of this species on my patch so far.
Back to this afternoon, and it's very much the same story as for Mon and tues afternoons. The search for a Garden Warbler over at the lakeside scrub failed, but it was a pleasant visit none the less, plenty of songsters were active : BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK to name a few. The Cuckoo was absent today though, as were many of the Butterfly species, just Orange Tip and Speckled wood were of note.
As usual I had a look around Migrant Alley, and it was ''as you were'' there too. A 40 min skywatch turned up trumps though, with 4 Raptor species being seen: PEREGRINE, BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK and best of all a HOBBY, only my second record of an April hobby on my patch. If the Kestrel had shown itself I would have had a 5 Raptor day, something very rarely achieved!
I think another evening patch visit is worth the effort later.
Above and Below: The first Dunnock fledgeling of the year. This one was in my garden- the best bit of habitat on my patch :-)
On a very sad note, this male GREENFINCH was found in the road, it had only just been killed, and still had the piece of nesting material in its beak :-(
A victim of one of the local ''oh, I never speed down the lane'' drivers. I'd like to find one of those B*stards crashed in the hedge, do you think i'd help them ? Not a chance!