A slow old day today, with not much different happening around my patch. I did see both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK this morning as I walked into work, and a TURTLE DOVE was singing from the north end scrub at Migrant Alley, but nothing was in the sky going over, apart from the local SWALLOWS. The walk home was even quieter, but a magnificent COMMON BUZZARD livened things up as it drifted low over the Greenhouse Complex and Tree Nursery.
This afternoon, a trek over to the lakeside scrub only produced the expected species, on the way I walked through the Small Holding where GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and JAY were all seen in quick succession, and on entering the Wet Woods the only things noted were a TREECREEPER and a singing STOCK DOVE.
On arriving at the lake, a quick scan showed me 2 CANADA GEESE, 4 MALLARD and 3 MOORHEN, whilst in the adjacent scrub it was very quiet, the most notable call was that of the BULLFINCH, however, after only seeing 1 MISTLE THRUSH all month, it was a relief to see a flock of 7 fly over !
In the cooler cloudier conditions, there were fewer butterflies on the wing, only the Whites, Gatekeepers and a single Purple Hairstreak were seen.
Photo's today come from my garden, where activity even here seems to have dropped of somewhat.
Above COLLARED DOVE Below CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH and GOLDFINCH.