Some regular species were missing from todays list, Sparrowhawk and Pheasant were two, but also the Mistle Thrush, only 1 of which has been seen all month. The best of what I did see/hear were: 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 1 TURTLE DOVE, 1 SKYLARK, 1 KESTREL, all at Migrant Alley. WHITETHROATS in the grounds of the Greenhouse Complex, and in the Tree Nursery, plus a couple of BLACKCAP in the Lakeside Scrub. On the main lake there were 18 CANADA GEESE and a single GREYLAG GOOSE with 3 MALLARD and a few Juv. MOORHENS.
With only 7 days left in July, it doesn't look like any records will be set this month, the 58 bird species recorded so far this month is the joint lowest July tally with that of 2004.
Species like Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Peregrine, or Little Owl, are still a possibility to join the list, maybe Mandarin Duck or Tawny Owl, with the outside chance of coming across a migrant Chat or Wheatear over at Migrant Alley, so there is still some hope :-)
There weren't many butterflies about early on, but the ones that were seen I phtographed, below is a Speckled Wood
My recent visits wouldn't be the same without a Purple Hairstreak Photo :-)
As I was waiting for an engineer to call, I had some time to kill, so took these photo's from my garden
Above: Juv. Blackbird. Below the Male BULLFINCH, the female also came in with him. They are both looking vert tatty now :-)
These are GREENFINCHES, with a GOLDFINCH and a Juv. HOUSE SPARROW