Another cracking sunny and warm morning thats two in a row!
Once again a four hour patch walk was undertaken, with much the same bird species seen as yesterday, as one would expect now all the regular spring migrants have arrived. Noteworthy sightings inlcluded 22 Geese at Migrant Alley early this morning, 17 of those were GREYLAG the remainder CANADA. Another Goose turned up today, my old friend the feral BARNACLE GOOSE (66), it flew over with it's canadian pal, towards the Lake area, but wasn't on the lake when I got there, but there were 4 more Grey Lags, 5 Canada's and 3 MALLARD.
The lakeside scrub was pretty lively again today, BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, CUCKOO and TURTLE DOVE, were all seen and heard, and of the non migrant species WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, and MISTLETHRUSH all sang together. I also saw my first Small Copper butterfly here, as well as a Holly Blue.
COMMON WHITETHROATS were seen in the hegderow dividing Ashes lane and the Tree Nursery, and another was in the Tall Hedge at Migrant Alley. The SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was calling loudly from the same area at the College Grounds, and 6 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were on the College Sports Pitch. I went over to my skywatching seat at Migrant Alley towards the end of my walk, and tried to find the 50th species for the morning, I was confident of finding it, as not one Raptor species had been seen all morning, however it wasn't one of the usual raptors that made the 50th species for the day, but a superb RED KITE (67), what a find! It drifted over heading SW, but alas I still didn't find any of the more common raptors. I cant believe Ive now seen two Red Kites over my patch this year, unbelievable, and not something I would have believed possible a few years ago.
Above: Small Copper butterfly. Below: Holly Blue butterfly