I found 50 species today on my 3 and a half hour patch visit, which is always a good total on my patch, the highlights of the walk were hearing a NIGHTINGALE (61) singing from the NW corner of my patch, the same place where it was heard in April, also another first for the month was a flyover MUTE SWAN (62), a much more commoner bird than the former, but on my patch both species are scarce!
Most of the summer visitors that reside on my patch were seen today, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, LESSER WHITETHROAT, COMMON WHITETHROAT, CUCKOO, SWALLLOW, SWIFT and SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, the latter being the same one as seen yesterday at the College Grounds, the only ones missing were Turtle Doves and House Martins they were not found today.
One more species was added to the ''successfully confirmed Breeding'' list this morning, when two recently fledged MISTLE THRUSHES were found, the hoped for Coot young have not appeared yet, in fact I didn't even see the adults today.
Raptors today were represented by both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK, and flyovers by GREY HERON and HERRING GULL, as well as the Mute Swan, very miserly today!
I didn't take the camera out this morning, due to the weather, but this afternoon I went out and took these Butterfly pictures
Above is my first Common Blue of the year, whilst below is a Brown Argus
Below was going to be a Small Copper, but I seem to have loaded up the Brown Argus again! I can't for the life of me find how to delete an image once loaded!!