The excitement continued for me when Migrant Alley gave me my first WHEATEAR (83,61) of the year, this migrant species' arrival date is spread much wider, from the 14th March to the 4th May, the median arrival date is the 5th April, so this bird is a little late passing through.
|My first Wheatear of the spring. It didn't allow very close approach, but I got some record shots :-)|
A BUZZARD flew from an Oak tree in the Small Holding as I passed through to get to the lake area, where upon my arrival I heard a TAWNY OWL (62) hoot, good to get that one on the April list, which is now steadily increasing, although has still only reached 10th place in the April rankings so far, out of 11!
The only surprise on the lakes today was a KINGFISHER, which flew off with a small fish, leaving me wondering was it taking it to young ? There are no suitable banks for the Kingfisher to nest on my patch though.
Again the walk was finished of with a skywatch over on my seat at Migrant Alley, SPARROWHAWK, another two Buzzard, and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen, as well as watching the Kestrels. There were no Meadow Pipits on passage today, and the only Gull species seen were HERRING GULLS.
Shame I couldn't get the Cuckoo in a photo - but i did get the following :-)
|JACKDAW, one from the colony at the College Grounds|
|Kestrel, hunting over the Greenhouse Complex, looks good for the first ever breeding attempt on my patch now :-)|
|MOORHEN, seen along the College Stream ( river Bourne)|