During the four hour full patch walk, a total of 47 species were found, but the ''Migrant Shield'' that sits over my patch is still holding strong, and so new migrant species were noted :-) Of the summer species that have arrived, there were 3 singing BLACKCAPS over at the Scrubby Woods, and two more along the College Stream. Four CHIFFCHAFFS were singing from The Scrubby Woods, with three at The College Grounds, one at the Wooded Headland to the north of Migrant Alley, and one more at the Small Holding.
I met up with female and male SPARROWHAWKS on various parts of my patch, and again watched the KESTREL hunting, which allowed me some photo's today, the other raptor species were two plus a single COMMON BUZZARD, the single one gave good views as it went from perch to perch across the Tree Nursery and finally into the Wet Woods.
The lakes were much the same as yesterday, but with an increase to 17 CANADA GEESE, the BARNACLE GOOSE was also with them. Whilst sitting and listening in the nearby Scrubby Woods, the first KINGFISHER (54) for the month sped by, heading towards the main lake, I wasn't quite expecting that here! The likes of NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT and GOLDCREST were seen as expected, but not Bullfinch today.
Flyovers of note today were two GREYLAG GEESE, 8 BLACK HEADED GULLS, 2 HERRING GULLS, a single YELLOWHAMMER, and a GREY HERON. One other notable occurrence was flushing a tight group of four GREEN WOODPECKERS from a grassy area at the Greenhouse Complex.
With the light much better today a few photo's were obtained........BLACKBIRDS again :-) I like the soft, early morning light on this female bird, I also photographed Coal Tit and MISTLE THRUSH, the latter is not very often photographed, so I was pleased to do so.
|Coal Tit, this one was in the College Grounds|
|Mistlethrush - Also found in the College Grounds|
Whilst in the garden this afternoon, my small piece of 'ladies Smock' wildflower came up with the goods, when it attracted the Orange Tip butterfly, unfortunately I had my 500mm lens on, I took some photo's but they weren't the best, and by the time I ran indoors, changed the lens and came back out the Orange Tip had gone, more annoying was seeing a female Blackcap looking at me from the fat feeder seconds later, it flew off just as I pointed the small lens at it! A nice visitor for my little garden anyway, the 27th species to visit this year :-)
|Orange Tip, from my garden, another opportunity for a good image missed, will I get another ?|