It wasn't the best of visits today! First off it was raining and blowing a gale, the rain passed over pretty quickly but it remained very windy, secondly the College stables were holding some kind of event, so I avoided the area.
All this contributed to a low species tally today of just 43, with very few highlights. One though, was seeing the first Juv. ROOKS at Migrant Alley, where later in the visit, during a sky watch a PEREGRINE (69) at last flew from the tower in Hadlow over the College Grounds, that gives this May the 3rd best total out of the ten years.
Other than these small crumbs of encouragement, not much else was noteworthy, very few birds sang over at the Scrubby Woods, if they did I couldn't here them over the wind! BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF and CUCKOO did get heard in the end though. On the water just 3 MALLARDS a MOORHEN and a GREY HERON were seen, no sign of the Coots for the second day running :-(
A pair of SPARROWHAWKS were seen over the Wet Woods, and just one WHITETHROAT and one TURTLE DOVE were seen, both in the Tree Nursery.
I spent a bit of this afternoon photographing the Juv. birds that are coming into my garden ; First up is a HOUSE SPARROW
Then the GOLDFINCH