Summer species had decreased again, as they will now, just a few CHIFFCHAFF were seen at the College Grounds, with one at the Greenhouse Grounds, and two more at the Scrubby Woods. BLACKCAP sightings were down to just one female bird at the Greenhouse Grounds and two males at the Scrubby Woods. There were still plenty of local SWALLOWS about though, and it was good to hear, if not see two single YELLOW WAGTAILS go over, one at the Tree Nursery, the other at Migrant Alley.
There was a TREECREEPER in full song at the Scrubby Woods, where a COAL TIT also sang, and with the likes of BULLFINCH, NUTHATCH and GOLDCREST also seen it wasn't too bad a visit here today, it got even better though when a scan of the adjacent lakes provided me with a year tick, a female SHOVELER DUCK (103 65) no less, a real scarce bird to find on the lakes, as is any kind of duck really! This is just the 3rd year that this species has been recorded, and moves me one more species closer to my target of 109 species for this year, which is the mean average for the previous 5 years.
|Shoveler Duck - 103rd species for the year|
|I got up closer and took another few photo's, before leaving it to doze among the Lillies|
This time I did take some very distant photo's, not good at all but you can see what it is :-)
|What a star patch bird - Osprey!|
|Buzzard being mobbed by crow|