I added a few more species to the April list, the first being a flyover YELLOWHAMMER (47), heard as I counted the BLACK HEADED GULLS at Migrant Alley, of which there were 287, with those were 4 COMMON GULLS, 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, 3 HERRING GULLS and a surprising total of 11 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, Generally April sees a rapid decline in Gull activity on my patch, but this is an exceptional spring weatherwise.
Another species for the April list was the CHIFFCHAFF (48) , I relocated the bird found at the College Grounds on 29th March, it was feeding on the top of water weed on one of the ponds, along with a WREN, just goes to show how few insects are about at the moment.
|This Wren was also feeding around the water weed, I wonder if the Chiffchaff was copying it ?|
The last new species for the April list this morning was the GREY HERON (53), one was seen at the lakes, where the GOOSANDER were still fishing, these were not the only 'winter' birds seen this morning, as I am still seeing plenty of FIELDFARE, along with a few REDWING, SISKIN and the odd flyover MEADOW PIPIT.
Later this afternoon, a NUTHATCH (54) was seen at my garden feeders, they have been missed out on my patch over the last few visits, but they do get a bit secretive when breeding :-)
My last photo is of a DUNNOCK, singing in the early morning light, one of the few birds to be heard singing this morning.