No work this week, so I was out early for another full patch walk this morning. It wasn't such an exciting walk as yesterday, but in 4 hours I recorded 46 species, and two of those were new for August, firstly a PHEASANT (53), that was seen in the small copse behind the Greenhouse Complex, and secondly, a KINGFISHER (54) that flew along the College Stream.
Only one raptor species was seen, a SPARROWHAWK, going over Migrant Alley, being chased by 30 or so SWALLOWS. Gulls were represented by HERRING, BLACK HEADED, and LESSER BLACKBACKED, but little else of note was moving across the sky.
Other notable birds were; a migrant WILLOW WARBLER, seen along the College stream, and two adult SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS in the College Grounds, other than that it was much as I would expect.
Tomorrow I'm off to the coast around mid morning, so I'll probably get out very early and go over to Migrant Alley for a Skywatch, hoping to pick up Grey Heron and Cormorant, or maybe a new raptor for the month.
Todays photo's :-
This fox was stretched out having a kip. At first all I could see was its ear, and as I got closer I thought it was dead, however, I brushed against a twig, and saw its ear twitch, so I quickly took a photo, which woke him up, and off he shot.
Below is one of the Spotted Flycatchers seen in the college grounds