I thought yesterdays patch walk felt Autumnal, but today was even worse! More cloud, more wind, more cold, and no bright spells!
The 3 hour visit was a gloomy affair, and this mornings list was 9 species down on yesterdays, with a poor, 44 species, but at least I found a MISTLE THRUSH over at the College Grounds, one I didn't get yesterday.
There were few, if any highlights, a GREY HERON flew up from the Stream that runs adjacent to the College Grounds, the KESTREL was up hunting around the Greenhouse Complex, and a few songsters were heard at the Lakside Scrub, namely CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, and TURTLE DOVE. Some regularly seen species such as Pheasant, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk, House Martin and Long Tailed Tit were all unseen, in a patch visit best forgotten! Just one 'confirmed breeder' was added to the patch breeding list - SWALLOW, 3 freshly fledged young sat on an outbuilding roof in one of the large gardens along ashes lane.
It's mid-summers day tomorrow, the longest day, so i will look forward to some summer weather :-)
Only one Photo was taken whilst out on my patch, this WOODPIGEON, collecting nest materials.
The GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER below, is a Juv. that visited the garden