The warm and sun did break through eventually, and most welcome it was, but the first 2 hours of my visit was quite unremarkable given the time of year. I visited the lakes and Scrubby Woods, hoping for a Cuckoo to call or a Willow warbler to sing, but neither did, a treat for another day ? I noted down what was on the water, 6 CANADA GEESE, 4 GREYLAG GEESE ( one on nest still) 2 MALLARD, 4 MOORHEN and a GREY HERON, the COOT pair fed at least 4 of their six young, as far as I could see.
|I got this record shot first, from my study window|
|Before moving to my Garden shed for a closer attempt|
|I got some nice close ups, but had to put up with the feeder chains in the frame - not the first time I've had to do that!|
|My first Wheatear this year - distant, but it will do!|
I ended the walk over on my seat at Migrant Alley, where an hour watching the sky was had. During that hour I saw two SPARROWHAWKS, 3 BUZZARDS, many MEADOW PIPITS, heard but unseen, a HOUSE MARTIN, and two SKYLARKS. Two SWALLOWS were noted as I looked over the College Stables, more birds arriving home :-) Whilest two more were observed over the Greenhouses, which are the ones that nest at the private stables opposite my house.
Another good tally of 50 species seen today then, and the year list moves ever nearer to 100, be great to achieve the fastest 100 this year - May 17th is the day to beat.
Its 18:30hrs now, so i'm off out for another sit at my seat at Migrant Alley - hence this bit of a rushed post!