After the showers of yesterday evening, this morning felt a lot fresher, and the smell of the damp, cool earth mingling with the wet vegetation was intoxicating, I love mornings like these :-)
So it was a pleasure to spend 4 hours out on my patch tracking down the 48 species found this morning. Amongst those, there were the usual encounters with the 'core' species, but I did miss Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Long tailed Tit and Yellowhammer today, however on the plus side there were the likes of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, GREY HERON, and YELLOW WAGTAIL, that aren't recorded every day, especially the latter! The visit was made all the more exciting for me when I heard the first NIGHTINGALE (94,75) of the year singing from behind the Greenhouse Copse, the first since this day last year in fact! A welcome addition to my year list, made the more satisfying as they no longer breed on my patch, and I have to rely on a migrant passing through now.
Just one more species now to equal the April record tally, and a species nearer to obtaining my fastest 100 species, which I have until May 17th to achieve.
I was also pleased to find one of the COOTS on the ornamental lake, after some time looking I might add, they are good at hiding! The SONGTHRUSH nestlings in the Scrubby Wood continue to be fed by the parents, whilst being surrounded by singing BLACKCAPS, CHIFFCHAFFS, CHAFFINCH, WRENS, DUNNOCKS and BLACKBIRDS, but not, frustratingly by a Garden Warbler yet.
I took a selection of photo's today, some better than others ( as always!)