Nothing much at all to post about today, not even got a photo to brighten the page!
A two hour visit from 06:00hrs over to Migrant Alley proved a total waste of effort, mainly due to the Southerly gale that was blowing, hardly a bird was seen unsurprisingly!
Most of the morning was then spent in my garden, improving the ponds and borders for the wildlife that visit, generous amounts of time were given to watching the sky whilst I worked, however the only birds of note seen, whizzing past on the gale, were 4 HOUSE MARTINS.
A visit to the lakes, just after mid -day, once again proved a fruitless excercise, as the wind roaring through the trees even managed to drown out the sound of the squabbling CANADA GEESE on the water, I did see the COOT family though, and can confirm 5 out of the 6 chicks are still going strong. I also checked up on the nesting GREYLAG GOOSE, the female is incubating still, so far so good :-)
The two highlights of the day came when I walked back home, the first was seeing the MANDARIN DUCK pair in the Wet Woods, the other was seeing a COMMON BUZZARD going low over Ashes Lane.
Thats it! Still 3 hours daylight left, but it's still blowing a gale, so i'll have to wait til morning for another chance to find the next summer migrant on patch, talking of which, the Cuckoo has still not arrived, the past 11 years it has always turned up between the 13th and 18th of April, I dont think they are late, just so scarce here now that finally the pittswood territory has lost its occupier. I should at least get a passage bird through at some point though...........hopefully