Today was the total opposite to yesterday, the day started cool and cloudy, with a strong NW wind, and although the wind dropped a little throughout the morning, by 11:00am it was raining, which it did for the rest of the day, oh well, I suppose we need a bit of the wet stuff!
Just 45 species were seen today, seven fewer than yesterday, but I saw both COAL TIT, and more surprisingly a LAPWING, which was in the Maize crop at the Pub Field, these two were not on yesterdays list. I saw the immature GREY WAGTAIL on the run off pool again, nice to have that stay around, but apart from that, and maybe a BLACK HEADED GULL, which are scarce here in May/June it was a fairly mundane visit.
Of the summer migrants, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, CUCKOO, and TURTLE DOVE all sang, while SWALLOW, HOUSE MARTIN and SWIFT were all seen hawking insects above Migrant Alley, there was no sign of the Reed Warbler over in the willow thicket at the College stream this morning though.
On the lakes, just a COOT, two MOORHEN and four MALLARD were present, not a single Goose was seen, they were probably just off patch grazing in a nearby field.
No Butteflies, Damselflies, or Dragonflies were out, unsurprisingly given the conditions, which also caused my camera to stay at home today.
I did attempt some photography this afternoon whilst at home, but as you can see from the results below it wasn't really the weather for it! One more species for the day was added when a SPARROWHAWK came through the garden, the first attack since mid April, I suppose it will now resume it's daily rounds, putting all the birds on edge while they visit the feeders, it's been nice seeing them out in the open and in places where they don't usually go, making for good photographs, all that May well end now :-)
Todays photographic attempts, above CHAFFINCH and GOLDFINCH youngsters, below the BLUE TIT youngster