I still found a good tally of 47 species for the morning though, with some nice birds amongst them, like the COMMON BUZZARD that was seen perched up in the tree line along the NW boundary of Migrant Alley, the first of three raptor species seen today, the others being the SPARROWHAW and KESTREL.
|Distant Common Buzzard|
Three Gull species flew over whilst I was out, a single LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL was with one of the small groups of HERRING GULLS that headed W, while 33 BLACK HEADED GULLS fed on the College sports pitch, a good deal of them now sporting their brown hoods.
Other notable birds for my patch were the COOTS over on the lake, I'm confident that they will at least attempt to breed now. The regular CORMORANT was also on duty at the top of the bank side Silver Birch tree, and each of the three water bodies here, now have a pair of CANADA GEESE holding territory.
That was about it for the visit really, all the normal Tits, finch's Woodpeckers, and thrushes were recorded, plus NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, JAY and YELLOWHAMMER all added to a pleasant mornings walk.Oh! almost forgot about the two Red Admiral butteflies that were seen, the 2nd and 3rd this year :-)
I took one or two other photo's in the good light :-
|Black Headed Gull|
|Friendly ROBIN - I'm a sucker for this one, cant resist taking it's photo whenever I see it ;-)|