An early blog post today as i'm off out visiting friends this afternoon and evening.
Well this mornings patch walk finally gave me a BLACK HEADED GULL (71) to add to the May list, in fact 4 flew over, quite high up as I passed through the College grounds. Just one more species needed to equal the record May list now, and two more to beat it, but just one May day left, it's going to be tight!
As well as the Gull highlight, there were a lot of other birds about today, and despite a strong, cool NW wind, I managed a cracking total of 52 species, thats some going for a 4 hour walk on my patch!
Species that wern't seen yesterday were: GREYLAG GOOSE, 4 were on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley early on. KESTREL, 2 were over Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Complex, with another, or one of the same birds over the Lakeside Scrub. 4 HOUSE MARTINS were over the College Grounds, also a family of NUTHATCH'S were seen in a large Oak in a garden next to the Wet Woods, and the Black headed Gull, already metioned. This gives a weekend total of 55, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, and Treecreeper being on yesterdays list but unseen today.
Other noteworthy birds were the pair of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS at the College Grounds, the LITTLE OWL was again present on the Greenhouses and a passage of GULLS going west, included LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULLS.
Thats it for today, a short post, i'm pushed for time again ! Photo's below are Top: LONG TAILED TIT : Middle: WHITETHROAT : Bottom : COAL TIT