As I said, this afternoon was a particularly quiet patch visit, mind you, time was wasted visiting the College Grounds as it was teeming with people, it's always a bit of a risk visiting the place in the afternoon but I wanted to try to find the Spotted Flycatcher family that were last seen a couple of weeks ago, however, not even an adult was found, I now fear that the 4 youngsters have indeed perished in the poor weather conditions :-( I did see a TURTLE DOVE fly into its college territory though, surely they have young in there somewhere by now, hopefully a morning visit will find them.
A couple of short sharp showers fell while I was out, which doesn't help things, but at the Greenhouse Grounds I again located family parties of BLACKCAP and WHITETHROAT, plus a single CHIFFCHAFF, the SWIFTS and SWALLOWS were the other summer visitors seen.
I was home by 16:45, and spent an hour up in my garden shed, photographing the comings and goings at the feeders, which was much more enjoyable :-) Here's some of the usual visitors.
|Immature BLUE TIT|
|Immature GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER|