|Bluebells in the Wet Woods|
Crossing Migrant Alley, it slowed down a bit, on the sheep pasture and paddocks CARRION CROW, MAGPIE, ROOK, and a GREYLAG GOOSE were seen, but by now the rain was getting heavier, so I didn't hang about here. A brisk walk through the College Grounds only added GREEN WOODPECKER and CHIFFCHAFF.
On the walk back from work a few more of the commoner species were found, GOLDCREST in the College Grounds and the regular three raptor species were up hunting over Migrant Alley in the warm sunshine, those being SPARROWHAWK, BUZZARD and KESTREL, a SKYLARK was also up high singing, but the highlight was finding the first LESSER WHITETHROAT (90) of the year, it was found where they always turn up, in a patch of brambles surrounding an electricity sub station, just about the only place that has a decent growth of brambles left! This is the latest arrival on my patch for this species in the 11 springs of recording.
|I found another immature Large Red Damselfly by one of my ponds whilst eating lunch|
|Mistle Thrush. The best I could do, as I had fitted the smaller 300mm lens on the camera, anticipating some butterfly action|
I was glad I fitted the smaller lens as there were quite few butterflies about, as I had expected :-)
|The surprise of the afternoon was finding a Slow worm as i walked back home across the Tree Nursery, only the second one found out on my patch in 11 years!|