Anyway enough of my woes, and back to the patch, where I was once again cheered by the presence of the WHINCHAT at Migrant Alley ( I took some photo's of it this afternoon on a subsequent visit ), More passage migrant species were at the College Grounds, including a couple of WILLOW WARBLER which sang loudly - one of my favourite sounds, also at least 6 CHIFFCHAFFS some of them were singing as well, plus a couple of BLACKCAPS and 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS. It was unusual to see a LITTLE OWL on the boundary of the college sports pitch, its not often I see one here.
Other summer species noted today were at least 4 WHITEHROATS, two in the Greenhouse Grounds, they gave some song too, and another two in the Tree Nursery. A dozen or so HOUSE MARTINS were mixed in with the 30 -40 SWALLOWS feeding over the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley
Most of the woodland species were recorded today as I roamed the Wet Woods, Scrubby Woods, and the Small Holding, these included the COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH and GOLDCREST ( I also had the treat of Long Tailed Tit and Bullfinch back at home in my garden today - very nice!) On the lakes it was as usual for this time of year, just MOORHEN and MALLARDS in twos and threes.
Flyovers today included hundreds of GREYLAGS and CANADA GEESE early on, plus the daily sight of HERRING GULLS moving from one harrowed field to the next, scores of them are still about, with the odd LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, but no Black Headed Gulls today. A GREY HERON also flew over, but just one raptor species was seen up hunting during the visit, that being the KESTREL.
48 species were recorded this morning, but no new species for the month or year, but it's getting very difficult to add anything to either now, maybe a Reed Warbler or Reed Bunting will show for the August list this week.