I got out by 05:45hrs, and headed as always at this time of year across to the Greenhouse Grounds, Migrant Alley and then on to the College Grounds, two GREYLAG GEESE flew over as I left home, and the SWALLOWS were already up in the sky catching insects, WOODPIGEON, GREENFINCH, JACKDAW, BLUE TIT, STARLING, a calling PHEASANT, plus CHAFFINCH, CARRION CROW, GOLDFINCH and WREN all went into the note book in quick succession. There were a couple of COLLARED DOVES at the Greenhouse Complex Grounds, along with the WHITETHROAT and BLACKCAPS that hang around there, under the poly tunnels BLACKBIRDS and SONGTHRUSH fed on the fallen raspberries.
At Migrant Alley I scanned all the fence lines for an early migrant, I always hope for a Wheatear or a Whinchat, or maybe something more scarce, but it wasn't to be today, still to early I think :-) Just the ROOKS were on the fence lines. HERRING GULL, BLACK HEADED GULL and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL all were seen going over, and looking back across the fields I saw two KESTRELS on the Greenhouses. 13 more Greylags were on one of the paddocks, with two CANADA GEESE, as well as 5 MAGPIES.
At the College Grounds, it was not as quiet as yesterday, but still not very active either, CHIFFCHAFF, ROBIN, HOUSE SPARROW, PIED WAGTAIL, GREEN WOODPECKER, TREECREEPER, DUNNOCK, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, MOORHEN, GOLDCREST, and at last the first GREAT TIT of the morning were all seen, and of course mustn't forget the SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, one of which sat in some perfect light for a photo, but as you can see, it wasn't in the perfect position!
|Almost the classic Spotfly Photo! Of course as I moved round to get the bill in shot, the bird flew off!|
I finished up at the Tree Nursery, where the last bird species for the morning, the 48th, was added - a SPARROWHAWK. An average tally then, on an average type visit!
This Goldfinch was on a thistle at the Tree Nursery, an immature one, but already learning whats good to eat ;-)
|Immature Goldfinch, learning how to survive|