Of the remaining winter species seen, a REDWING was in the hedgerow along Ashes Lane, and two FIELDFARE were seen in the Wet Woods, as well as two MEADOW PIPITS that flew from the Tree Nursery. The spring arrivals were represented by the now establishing CHIFFCHAFFS, 4 were in the Scrubby Woods, 3 were in the wooded headland at Migrant Alley and two more were in the College Grounds, where, along the streamside vegetation my first BLACKCAP (77, 65) of the year sang, what a pleasant sound that was :-) My joy was compounded by seeing a KINGFISHER fly down stream, pursued by a SONGTHRUSH!
Four MANDARIN duck flew over the west end of Ashes lane, and two YELLOWHAMMERS were in the crop left for the wildbirds that is at the western border of my patch a bit further along the lane. Other noteworthy flyovers were two GREYLAG GOOSE, and two LESSER BLACKBACKED GULLS.
|Immature Mute Swans, the first Swans this year :-) Nothing I could do with the photo, they were so low all I got was a fleeting look as they whizzed over!|
|Distant Greylag Geese, in the morning haze|
The year list moves on to 77, just 32 more to find for my target this year! Whilst the months list moves on to 65, which is the joint 4th best March total, joint with 2006, still a week to get it higher though :-)
A few more species were seen nest building, among them this JACKDAW
|Another Jackdaw :-)|
|Ringed House Sparrow ( ringed 20 may 2007)|
|Chiffchaff ( the bits around its bill are the wet feather sticking together!)|
|Male Linnet, acquiring its spring red breast patches|
|This singing DUNNOCK captures the feel of the Morning, blue skies and birdsong!|