A total of 49 species were recorded in the 5 hour visit, which is around average for May, although Coal Tit, Coot and Kestrel weren't seen today, I suspect a little longer around the lakes and scrubby woods would have turned them up.
One new species for the month was found though, when two LITTLE OWLS (68) were heard calling from the small copse behind the Greenhouse Complex, taking this Mays species total to just 4 behind the record May tally achieved in 2009, a total that could be almost be reached if the Yellowhammer, Garden warbler and Peregrine would show up, the former two have been recorded in every May so far, and the Peregrine in every month since 2009.
Other notables from this morning, were finding a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER in one of the large gardens along Ashes Lane, I couldn't locate the one in the College Grounds this morning though. The NUTHATCH and TREECREEPER put in an appearance after a time of absence, both were heard in the Wet Woods, also a family of CHIFFCHAFFS were seen and photographed from a dense hawthorn tree in the Scrubby Woods, another species confirmed successfully breeding :-)
On the water today there were 25 CANADA GEESE, one of which looked to be a hybrid Canada/Greylag Goose, with them were a creche of 9 goslings, also 3 MALLARD with 3 ducklings, 4 MOORHEN and a GREY HERON.
A quick sky watch from the Tree Nursery for late morning raptors was a partial success, with both COMMON BUZZARD and SPARROWHAWK being recorded.
I took a few photo's whilst out. This Chiffchaff above, was at the college Grounds
Whilst these fledgling Chiffchaffs can only have fledged this morning
Nearby were a family of LONG TAILED TITS