The College Grounds chipped in with its share of summer migrants, when a LESSER WHITETHROAT was seen among a group of foraging birds, this was made up of of Chiffchaff, GOLDCREST, ROBINS, and a TREECREEPER. Further into the College grounds, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, and both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were found amongst the usual regulars, I also noticed a small group of HOUSE MARTINS making their way south. After struggling for a couple of months to record MISTLE THRUSHES, a group of 12 dropped into a large Oak tree, a nice sight :-)
Heading back out across Migrant Alley, the hundreds of CANADA and GREYLAG GEESE, started to go past, as did scores of HERRING GULLS, with a few LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, but again no Black Headed Gulls were seen with them. A LITTLE OWL called from an adjacent large garden.
I reached the Lakes and Scrubby Woods area a bit later than normal this morning, the lakes had a GREY HERON, 4 MALLARDS, and 6 MOORHEN distributed between them, but the woodland was quiet, just JAY was added to the days list, although a few more Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were heard calling.
Raptors were eventually seen, three species went into the notebook, those being COMMON BUZZARD, SPARROW HAWK and KESTREL all seen up hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley.
Nothing new for the months list today, but a very good day list of 51 species was recorded, I could do with a visit fro the likes of Reed warbler or Reed Bunting, or maybe one of the Coots will return to the lakes ?
|Immature Herring Gull|
|I played around with this CARRION CROW shot, and made it black and white :-)|
|Here's the Kestrel sitting on one of the poly tunnel frames|