A six hour trek around my patch this morning failed to turn up any new summer migrants, mind you with the wind blowing from the north, which made the morning feel very chilly, I wouldn't turn up here if I was a summer bird either!
There were the odd splashes of sunshine to be had at times though, and the hardier migrants gave some territorial song during these more springlike moments, both BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF numbers have increased on my patch over the last few visits. Two Pairs of SWALLOWS have returned to thier traditional breeding sites, one at the College Stables and one at the private stables opposite my house, I would expect at least 6 more pairs yet.
In the scrub around the lake it was sheltered from the wind, and song was heard from COAL TIT, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST as well as the more common ROBIN, WREN, DUNNOCK, SONGTHRUSH and BLACKBIRD. A pair of LONG TAILED tits were observed collecting lining material for their nest as I listened to the songs.
In the clearings of the scrub the early Butterflies were seen, including my first Small White of the year, Comma and Peacock.
So an average April patch walk today, just 44 species were recorded, with nothing new for the month or year list, but i'm sure my week off this week will provide something for both those :-)
I took my camera out today and took the following....
A male HOUSE SPARROW, one of a dozen or so that live around the college stables