Later in the morning I took a walk over to the lakes and Scrubby Woods, where on the water there were 2 pairs of GREYLAG GEESE, 3 pairs of CANADA GEESE, one male MALLARD and the feral BARNACLE GOOSE, I found the COOT pair feeding their young, and was quite surprised to see six little black balls of downy feathers, I suspect that only 2 maybe thre will reach fledging age though.
|One of the six Coot young :-)|
I decided to spend a couple of hours over on my seat at Migrant Alley, I first walked around the pasture and paddocks to check for any Wheatear but that proved fruitless, so i perched up on my seat to see what passed over. In the 2 and a quarter hours I was there, the sun almost broke through a couple of times, but ultimately it failed to do so, and I recorded, of note, 3 SKYLARKS, 7 single SISKIN heading NW, 5 single, one pair, and one group of 8 MEADOW PIPITS also heading NW, and the star bird for the month so far a COMMON TERN (81,62). These are only occasional flyover migrant species here, and I do well to get one or two in any year, so far 6 out of the 12 years of recording have Common Tern on the year list, well pleased with that sighting :-)
Raptors seen whilst I watched the sky were - a single COMMON BUZZARD, both the KESTREL pair, and of course the SPARROWHAWKS :-)
I need just 19 more species to get to 100, but can I get them before May 17th, and set a new record for the fastest 100 species of the year ? :-)
|Blog brightener from my garden feeders - male CHAFFINCH|