It was as yesterday, only a few of the more vocal species were recorded, singing ROBIN, calling CARRION CROW, plus the cackling of JACKDAWS and MAGPIES. A PIED WAGTAIL was heard over the Greenhouse Complex, where a few WOODPIGEONS clattered out of a low bush, but the hope of seeing something new for the month or even the year dwindled away with every hour the fog persisted, which it did until just before ten, when the sun appeared and the temperature shot up, but it was far too late by then.
I finished the full patch walk, recording 41 species, most of which were the regulars, but it was fun trying to take a photo ( and failing) of the KINGFISHER at the College Grounds, where the only two summer birds were seen before the fog cleared, those being BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF. After the fog cleared a continual stream of HOUSE MARTINS were seen passing overhead throughout the last hour of the walk, with smaller numbers of SWALLOWS with them.
I struggled to find much more of note, but it was a good sight to see at least 12 BULLFINCH'S on powerlines over the Scrubby Woods, most of them immature birds. Whats the betting tomorrows walk to work is not a foggy one!!!
|Yet More FOG!!|
|Sparrowhawk (from my garden)|