The College Grounds and gardens were the most productive place, as of recent visits, where a GREY WAGTAIL was seen at the Stables, only the 3rd record this month. The Gardens once again had a mixed feeding flock, the best of which included a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, a BLACKCAP, at least 6 CHIFFCHAFFS, and 4 LONG TAILED TITS.
The Greenhouse Grounds, with the Raspberry dump was checked thoroughly, here were found a couple of WHITETHROAT, lots of WRENS, DUNNOCKS, BLACKBIRDS, GOLDFINCH'S, a few GREENFINCH and CHAFFINCH, plus a WILLOW WARBLER, just singles of Blackcap and Chiffchaff were seen here. With the local SWALLOWS that feed over the Greenhouses were a few HOUSE MARTINS, which didn't stay around too long.
A HOBBY flew over, as did a pair of CORMORANT, only the second record for this species this month, also a KESTREL was in its usual hunting spot to the front of the Greenhouses.
The Pub Field is a little disappointing at the moment, despite it not being ploughed or harrowed yet, only a few WOODPIGEON were on it today, with two STOCK DOVES, as for the Tree Nursery, it has become too difficult to fully explore, as the vegetation is now so dense it hides the big holes that were left in the ground after the shrubs and saplings were extracted, making it dangerous for an old boy like me to walk through safely :-) However I did note some common stuff where I could get access, the likes of SONGTHRUSH, ROBIN, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT TIT, BLUE TIT, JAY, and CHAFFINCH all went on the daylist.
A LESSER WHITETHROAT was in the Small Holding and a small feeding flock of birds were at the nearby edge of the Wet Woods, only a couple of BULLFINCH that were with them were new for the day though. Over at the Lakes a KINGFISHER was a welcome sight, but the water held just 2 MALLARD, 2 CANADA GEESE and 4 MOORHEN - a disappointing set of water bodies really, not visited by much water fowl due to many factors. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had some of the familiar woodland species, added to the day list from here were; TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST, and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, a few Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were noted from here too.
Not a bad visit today, 48 species in all, but with just one August visit left, I dont think i'll be setting a monthly record for the number of species seen, needing 6 more just to equal the best August total, and 3 more to equal the second best :-)
Photo's today come mostly from the College Grounds :-
|Long Tailed Tit|