This morning the list started with a few birds seen in my garden, including CHAFFINCH, COLLARD DOVE, STARLING, BLUE TIT, GREENFINCH, DUNNOCK, JACKDAW and more unusual for my garden a JAY. Leaving the house for work a WREN was singing loudly and GOLDFINCH, GOLDCREST, WOODPIGEON, WHITETHROAT, SWALLOW, HOUSE SPARROW and PHEASANT were all added as I walked along Ashes Lane towards the greenhouse Complex, it was here the list was augmented by MAGPIE, CARRION CROW, ROBIN, BLACKBIRD, LINNET plus a noisy GREENWOODPECKER. I left the Greenhouse Grounds, and crossed Migrant Alley, where it was mostly quiet, but the flock of 80-100 Geese were on the sheep pasture, comprising of CANADA GEESE, GREYLAG GEESE, and the feral BARNACLE GOOSE, overhead a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL was seen, and the first of the ROOKS were coming in to feed on the paddocks. A few more common species were added as I passed through the College Grounds, GREAT TIT, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, PIED WAGTAIL, and SONGTHRUSH, 33 species in the 30 minute walk to work wasn't too bad :-)
The walk home again was entirely different, just a COMMON BUZZARD and a HERRING GULL were added to the months tally, both seen over Migrant Alley as I fruitlessly scanned the sky for a Swift. After something to eat, I made my way back over to the College Grounds, I thought I might find one of the Spotted Flycatchers, I didn't manage that, but a few SWIFTS were overhead, and a MOORHEN was with 3 newly fledged young. I spent a small amount of time looking for Damsels, and though there were a few Blue Tailed and Azure about and a single Common Blue, they were fewer than of late, the light was very poor and decent photo's were hard to get, the best of them obtained being this Common Blue.
|Common Blue Damselfly|