The first full patch walk of July was only an average affair, the hot weather continues to affect everything, and by 07:30 it was hot enough to drive the sensible creatures into cover. Me, not being sensible, continued on my 4 hour visit, recording 45 species in the process, only one of which wasn't recorded in the past two afternoon visits, that being a PHEASANT (48).
Apart from that, highlights were few and far between. A new pair of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS were seen in the field of Oak Trees that lies off Ashes Lane, and a recently fledged TURTLE DOVE was seen in the scrub at the north end of Migrant Alley, a short Skywatch there didn't reveal a single raptor, but BLACK HEADED, HERRING and 5 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen going over.
Apart from that, nothing had changed from the past two visits - not a very promising start to the new month :-) I still await the sighting of a Mistle Thrush, and Grey Heron, these two being the last of the regular species that can be counted on this month.
I didn't do too well with the camera either, just this Juv. SWALLOW was photographed, at the College Stables