I at least added a few more of the regulars to the May list, over at the Lakes MALLARD (45) and COOT (46) were seen, of which the adult birds of the latter were feeding a now well grown youngster each. In the nearby Scrubby Woods the NUTHATCH (47) family were all feeding in the same Oak, there were at least 3 youngsters, it was also good to hear a TURTLE DOVE ''purring'' loudly despite the poor weather.
A YELLOWHAMMER (48) was heard singing in the Tree Nursery, lets hope it stays around and attracts a mate, while over at the College Grounds both SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (49) and BULLFINCH (50) were added to the May list, bringing it up to the 50 mark.
Not much else was noted, the only raptor seen was one of the local KESTRELS, while flyovers were only represented by LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULL. Not a very successful visit today!
Later on in the morning I took my camera in to be serviced, it'll be gone for two weeks now :-( On returning home found a male BLACKCAP in my garden collecting food for nestlings, the first time this species has visited my garden in June, I grabbed my old camera, and had a go at some photo's of it, but the low light isn't dealt with very well by my 400D camera and they are a bit grainy, later in the afternoon the sun poked its head out, and I had another go at the Blackcap, but by now that part of the garden was shady, - sometimes you just cant win :-)
Here's the Blackcap, and also a STARLING that dropped in with an immature to be fed.
|Male Blackcap collecting food for nestlings. The old 40D camera didn't perform too badly given the poor light :-)|
|Sometimes he came out from the ivy, giving a nice view|
|Starling with youngster|