Another successful breeding species joined the years list when a recently fledged SONGTHRUSH flew from the Tree Nursery and across Ashes lane to the Greenhouse Complex, where a COMMON WHITETHROAT was singing, presumably the bird seen at the Tree Nursery yesterday. Of the other spring migrants that have arrived so far, two SWALLOWS were settling in at the College stables, the CUCKOO was calling from the Scrubby Woods, at least 9 singing CHIFFCHAFFS and 11 BLACKCAPS were also spread around the patch.
The KESTRELS, a SPARROWHAWK, 3 BUZZARDS and a PEREGRINE were all seen up hunting, the latter speeding low over Migrant Alley before making a grab at a WOODPIGEON, causing the pigeon to lose no more than a few feathers. It was interesting to here the TAWNY OWL continually calling from its roost over at the Scrubby Woods, where my second visit for the BTO Nightinglae survey come out negative.
On the lakes today the COOTS and young were all doing well, the BARNACLE GOOSE had returned with its CANADA GOOSE mate, along with a further 8 Canada, and 6 GREYLAG GEESE, just 2 each of MALLARD and MOORHEN were also present.
I took quite a few photo's - of varying quality :-) I'll post a few today and save the rest for later, as the weather this week doesn't look very camera friendly!
|This Mistle Thrush was on the College Sports Pitch, the young of which should be fledging soon, it's just finding them!|
|LONG TAILED TIT, similarly will have young fledging soon :-)|
|Long Tailed Tit|
|GREY WAGTAIL, I was pleased to get some sort of photo of this species, I dont get many chances with them, pity I couldn't et closer to it.|