You will be relieved to hear I finally added MISTLE THRUSH (61) to the months list, two flew over Migrant Alley, plus I found two almost fully fledged MANDARIN DUCK (62) in the Wet Woods, the first time I have found them in there this month, there are so many places for them to hide in there though :-)
More good news was the sighting of two newly fledged SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS at the College Grounds, I don't think these are from the pair that lost there original brood, it's a bit too soon for them to have raised another brood yet, this is the other pair, lets hope for better luck for this attempt :-)
Raptors today included a lone BUZZARD that flew from concealment at the Scrubby Woods, the KESTREL family, and a SPARROWHAWK. Other notables were a singing TURTLE DOVE in the Wooded Headland at Migrant Alley, a KINGFISHER was again on one of the ponds at the College Grounds, and those sometimes hard to find species like, BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, TREECREEPER, LONG TAILED TIT, and GOLDCREST all showed up today.
Flyovers from CORMORANT, GREY HERON, LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULL, plus a few small skeins of GREYLAG GEESE helped push the daylist along, just one HOUSE MARTIN and one SWIFT were seen, along with a possible Sand Martin, but that flew into the sun and disappeared, that would have been a new one for the months list, which with today's two additions stands at 62, the joint 7th best July total, joint with 2002.
Only a few photographs were taken today.
|Greylag Geese on the paddocks at Migrant Alley|
|Heavily moulting BLACKBIRD|
|This is the Buzzard that flew from the Scrubby Woods|
|Finally, another Common Darter|