41 species turned out to greet me today, nothing out of the ordinary for my patch, but a total of 6 of those species were new for the months/year list. The first of those was the FIELDFARE (43), a single bird flew over the Tree Nursery, further Fieldfares were noted throughout the visit, going over in small flocks. Shortly after, a single YELLOWHAMMER (44) was also recorded flying over, a bird that used to be a regular here in previous years, but is now increasingly restricted to flyover status :-(
The next new species was also a flyover, when a loose flock of 7 BLACK HEADED GULLS (45) flew over the lakes, but there wasn't anything new seen on the lakes, just the MALLARDS and a single COOT, but as I wandered the nearby Scrubby Woods I saw a CORMORANT (46) glide over and alight onto the main lake.
REDWINGS (47) also joined the year list, 9 birds were sitting in an Oak tree at the Small holding waiting to drop down onto a mown field. The second half of the walk over to the College Grounds via the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley, was particularly birdless, just 3 more species were added to the days list, they were ROOK, HOUSE SPARROW and the first CANADA GEESE (48) for the year, 18 flew low over Migrant Alley, heading towards the Lake area.
I had session of watching the garden early this afternoon, where as expected I added GREENFINCH (49) to the years tally, I also tried to get some garden bird photo's, but it was too dull for it really, still, here's the results. I have put up a new perch for the birds, this one gives a pleasing background to the portraits, ( next doors lawn!) but I'm just a bit too far from the birds, they aren't too bad considering the low light level though :-)
|This shot of a KESTREL was taken yesterday, oh for that light again !|