|A view to the NW of my patch|
A full patch walk this morning was undertaken in some dull and very windy conditions, only later in the walk was a glimpse of sunshine to be had. The windy conditions made it difficult to hear any calls from young fledglings, and with the trees blowing around wildly there wasn't much chance of finding anything perched in them!
The day list reached a creditable 46 species, most of those being seen in just singles, it was hard going winkling them out! The three flyover Gull species pushed the day list along, those being singles of HERRING, and LESSER BLACK BACKED with 7 BLACK HEADED, a good count here for June. A CORMORANT and a GREY HERON were the only other notable flyovers this morning.
One more species was confirmed as successfully breeding on my patch, the 29th to do so this spring, when I watched a CHIFFCHAFF repeatedly taking food to a hawthorn bush at the Scrubby Woods. I patiently sat and watched, until finally the young Chiffchaff revealed itself to me. A KESTREL was hunting over the woods, a NUTHATCH called, and the singing of BLACKCAPS were just audible over the roaring of wind through the trees, as was a singing TURTLE DOVE.
On the lakes today just a single MALLARD, two MOORHEN, 4 CANADA GEESE and the COOT pair were seen.
The College Grounds had the usual species taking advantage of the micro habitats there, both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were seen, as well as GOLDCREST, SONGTHRUSH, PIED WAGTAIL, LINNET, BULLFINCH, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH, plus the GREAT, BLUE and COAL TITS, very few youngsters were seen with them though. The Spotted Flycatchers have gone very inconspicuous, a sign that they are nesting - hopefully! Another Turtle Dove was singing, while over at Migrant Alley one more was perched on it's favoured electricity pylon that over looks the wooded headland there, that's 3 territories now for this scarce bird.
Not much else to report from this morning, I've got my camera back from the repairers, after having it cleaned and serviced, but in the conditions there wasn't much to test it out on, except this distant college Bullfinch
|Common Blue - not looking so good in all this stormy weather|