Once more it was a sunny and warm full patch visit today, can it last much longer!
I left the house at 06:15 this morning, thinking conditions were ideal to hear the first Cuckoo of spring, but it wasn't to be, maybe tomorrow, the 11th is the earliest Cuckoo date I have recorded, with the mean arrival date for the past ten years being the 14th, so they could well be here this week !
My trip to the College Grounds, via the Tree Nursery, Pub Field and Migrant Alley didn't turn up any other new summer arrivals either, and as yesterday morning, it was quite hard going at times. The already arrived BLACKCAPS, CHIFFCHAFFS and SWALLOWS were easy enough to locate around the college stables and grounds, and the resident species showed themselves at regular intervals, but nothing of any real note was seen, apart from maybe the two YELLOWHAMMERS that were in the tall hedge at Migrant Alley.
The Wet Woods were quiet, but the bluebells there were almost in full bloom, the lakes had lost the excitement of yesterday, as the Shoveler ducks had long gone, leaving behind the pair of COOTS, 2 MALLARD, a MOORHEN and 10 CANADA GEESE. The very average day continued as I walked the Scrubby Woods, TREECREEPERS, NUTHATCH'S, COAL TITS, LONG TAILED TITS, and GOLDCREST were all seen as expected, only a passage WILLOW WARBLER was out of the ordinary, which gave some summery song.
As most days, I ended up at Migrant Alley, just in case something had dropped in, but it hadn't today, although my skywatch did produce some raptors, 2 BUZZARDS, 2 SPARROWHAWKS, a KESTREL and the pair of tower PEREGRINES were all seen high up in the blue, also at least 7 MEADOW PIPITS went over heading NW. I'm off this week so i'll be out on another full patch walk tomorrow :-)The most interesting sighting for the day, was of this Fox, she had at least 3 cubs suckling from her, if you click on the image you can see at least two :-)