This afternoon I walked over to the lakeside scrub area, as the chiansaw gang seemd to have finished, but I don't know if they will be back.
It was good to catch up with the sound of the woodland birds, a bit of a surprise was hearing a TREECREEPER sing, not heard one singing since April. TURTLE DOVE, CUCKOO, WHITETHROAT, CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP were all heard, but no Garden Warbler - has it left the area, or is it busy nesting ?
On the lake, two broods of CANADA GEESE were seen, one of 4 and one of 8, while 3 drake MALLARDS lazed nearby. Also on the lake today was a GREY HERON, the first seen on here this month - something a little different :-)
A quick walk round the sheep pasture and horse paddocks at Migrant Alley didn't give me the Whinchat I wanted, time is running out now to get this species for the spring, maybe i'll get lucky in the Autumn. All the usual species seen on the past few visits were seen, WOODPIGEONS, ROOKS with fledlings, JACKDAWS, CARRION CROWS, PIED WAGTAILS, LINNETS, a few GOLDFINCH a GREEN WOODPECKER, and the local SWALLOWS zooming about. One bird I saw was a bit different from of late, a LITTLE OWL, it was perched on one of the Greenhouse Roofs, but flew off into the nearby copse before I could photograph it. The only raptor seen today was a KESTREL, also hunting around the Greenhouses.
A few more butterflies were seen today, above: a Small Tortoiseshell and below a couple of Small copper photo's