Very few of the summer migrant species sang, the hardier CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP being the exception, although two TURTLE DOVES did sing for a short time from the small wood at the north end of Migrant Alley. The CUCKOO gave just 3 Cuck - oo calls from the lakeside scrub at 09:40 and that was all I heard of it for the morning, usually at this time of year I would expect to be seeing 2-3 birds flying constantly across my patch calling all the while.
Highlights for the visit were seeing a HOBBY fly low over the College Stables, no doubt looking to catch a SWALLOW unaware, but they saw it coming and 3 of them chased the intruder off. The other highlight for me was finding my first KINGFISHER (61) of the month on one of the small ponds in the College grounds, the first recorded since March 14th. This brings the May total up that of May 2005, which is the lowest May total for the 9 years of recording, its always nice to get to the lowest total with two thirds of the month still to go :-)
Other than that it was very much the same as yesterday, but at least today I reached the 48 species mark, with the help of SWIFT, SPARROWHAWK and YELLOWHAMMER that weren't seen then.
One more thing to note, on the breeding side of things, a GOLDCREST was seen carrying food to a nest site in the Greenhouse Complex grounds, its good to confirm breeding of this species on my patch.
The first 3 photographs below were taken a little later today from my garden:
The WOODPIGEON above, and the JACKDAW below,
The photo below was going to be of a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, however a male CHAFFINCH flew in front of it and stole the show!