Whilst in the College grounds, I always check out the SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, and this morning I found the two adults with at least 2 fledged youngsters, really good news for this diminishing long distance migrant, I hope the other pair along Ashes Lane are also successful this year, although there was no sign of either adult this morning. I also checked out the small trial garden, and was pleased to see it busy with birds again, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, CHIFFCHAFF, ROBIN, BLACKBIRD, DUNNOCK and both BLUE and GREAT TIT were all feeding here.
Nothing much was seen around the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, but the small wooded headland there, had another mixed feeding flock as well as at least 4 TURTLE DOVES, I couldn't get good enough views to ascertain whether any were youngsters though.
Over at the lakes and Scrubby Woods, nothing had changed too much, on the water both the CANADA and GREYLAGS were seen, also a few MALLARD and MOORHEN, plus a GREY HERON. The Scrubby Woods was host to more Chiffchaff and Blackcaps, both seemed to be feeding second broods, two more Turtle Doves were heard singing, but there was no sign of my first Garden warbler of the year, surely one will pass through on return migration soon!
I had the camera in action today, this blackbird below was enjoying some early morning sun
The Spotted Flycatchers and their young insisted on staying under the dim canopy of a large oak, making for difficult photo's, you can just see the head of one of the youngsters in the photo below :-)
Above is a Blackcap, taking a food item to a nest, and below is the ever present Robin, I'm not sure if it had one leg, or it had one tucked up!