Once again it was cool and blustery out on my patch this morning, but the forecast showers all passed to the west of my patch, apart from one early on, and later in the afternoon it became a bit warmer with some sunny spells.
In the cool of early morning it was again hard to find any meaningful song, only slowly did it pick up, with SONGTHRUSH, MISTLE THRUSH, BLACKBIRD, DUNNOCK, ROBIN and WREN all eventually finding their voices. Of the summer arrivals CHIFCHAFFS were the most vocal, they are being recorded all over my patch now, but Only one BLACKCAP sang, that was from the scrub area from around the lake, where GOLDCREST song has diminished somewhat, maybe they are all paired up now ?
Two SWALLOWS were seen going over Migrant Alley, and a YELLOWHAMMER sang from the tall hedgerow there, whilst across the way, on the college sports pitch, a lone FIELDFARE (52) was seen, I was pleased with this sighting, as not only is it a new species for the month, but it's one left from the winter, and perversly it's these winter leftovers that will be needed if i'm going to set a new April record.
I had an hour out this afternoon, skywatching at Migrant Alley, which gave me 3 Raptor species to add to the PEREGRINE (53) already seen from my front room window. Firstly the KESTREL over the Greenhouse Complex, which somehow evaded being seen this morning, and a bit more exciting a BUZZARD (54) which drifed over whilst I had a SPARROWHAWK in view!
The months list moves on to 54, but it will surely rise in the next few days, as will the year list, as more summer migrants arrive.
Only one photo today - a LNNET