Migrant Alley only had a SKYLARK, and MEADOW PIPIT flyover of any note, while the Greenhouse Complex had the usual PIED WAGTAILS and the pair of KESTRELS hunting over. The Tree Nursery was quiet as I passed through on my way over to the lakes, where nothing new was seen, I'd hoped for a Whitethroat, however they are yet to arrive, and so I just ticked of most of the regular resident species, BULLFINCH, LONG TAILED TIT, NUTHATCH, JAY, STOCK DOVE, plus for the third day running a TAWNY OWL which hooted loudly, were the most noteworthy here, Treecreeper, and Coal Tit weren't encountered though. The lakes were only occupied by the feral BARNACLE GOOSE, 8 CANADA GEESE, two GREYLAG GEESE, a few drake MALLARDS, two MOORHEN and the COOT pair.
47 species were on the list as I made my way back over to Migrant Alley and my usual sky watching position, whilst there I added a flyover YELLOWHAMMER, a BUZZARD, a SPARROWHAWK, a LITTLE OWL that called from the Greenhouse Copse, and a single SAND MARTIN that flew eastwards. As I sat and drifted into my own world, looking out onto the sheep pasture where a flock of WOOD PIGEONS fed, one of them suddenly exploded! Well it seemed to! Feathers shot out in every direction, then I saw the reason why, a female PEREGRINE had slammed straight onto it, the Pigeon still managed to get up and evade the Falcon, quite an awesome scene to witness!
|Peregrine, empty taloned!|
|Raven!! Patch tick! Only a record shot, but you can just make out the salient ponts of this species. Another clue was the deep croaking ''kronk' call, and the size of it, even bigger than the Buzzards, which it interacted with briefly.|
|Kestrel up hunting|
|This WREN posed briefly, as it collected nest material|
|Another busy nest builder was this LINNET|