Two more bird species were confirmed as breeding on my patch as I walked into work this morning. Firstly the LINNET, two recently fledged young were seen at Migrant Alley, and second was the much anticipated SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, one fledged young was seen in the College Grounds, there may have been more but time was pressing.
This afternoon saw the sun disappear behind a viel of high cloud, the first time in weeks ( or so it seems ). It was still warm and humid though, and I took a walk around the Tree Nursery, one eye looking for Butterfly's the other on the sky looking for any flyover raptors. Plenty of butterflies were seen, and i took photo's of a few, but missed the Meadow Brown and the Red Admiral. The eye watching the sky picked up a SPARROWHAWK flying towards the Wet Woods with its prey, whilst my ears heard the soft 'tuc' 'tuc' of a LESSER WHITETHROAT coming from the hedgerow, I waited and got some brief views, but wasn't able to get a photo.
A quick trip round Migrant Alley to check for any early Migrants didn't produce any, maybe a bit early yet, but a group of SWALLOWS, numbering 25-30 were chasing over the Paddocks and pasture, mostly recently fledged young ones. Also seen were PIED WAGTAIL, LINNET, SKYLARK, GREEN WOODPECKER, the usual mixed Corvid flock and a few Woodpigeons. A HERRING GULL flew over, and a KESTREL hunted around the Greenhouses, and higher up in the clouds SWIFTS were feeding.
Whilst there I met a chap marking out a one of the fields that is used for sheep pasture, I asked a few questions and it seems a new horse paddock is going in, so extending the existing ones. Might be good for a few drop in Migrants.
Below are three photo's of one of the Juv. Swallows at Migrant Alley, click on the pics. to enlarge them.