It was noticeable once again, that the birdsong was much reduced compared to what an average May day would produce here. On leaving my house, I noted down STARLING, WOODPIGEON, JACKDAW, CHAFFINCH, SONGTHRUSH, BLUE TIT, CARRION CROW, BLACKBIRD, MAGPIE and WREN, all in quick succession, yes they all sang, or called, but only in singles, not the great mass of noise I'm used to hearing in late May.
WHITETHROAT and BLACKCAP were added to that list of singletons as I passed through the Greenhouse Grounds, where I got this distant shot of a LITTLE OWL on the Greenhouse roof.
|Distant Little Owl, the fact it was out in the open so late in the day may mean it has young to find food for, fingers crossed!|
|Some of the Canada Geese|
As I normally do, I had a skywatch on the way back, from my seat at Migrant Alley, the 40 mins produced 5 short sharp downpours, but in between I noted a few SWIFTS, a GREY HERON, a dozen HOUSE MARTINS, most certainly just passing through, 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, 4 HERRING GULLS, a pair of MALLARDS, plus one of both SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL, those being the local birds, a possible hobby was seen very briefly, but it could equally have been one of the Peregines, my view was that short as it dived behind a distant tree line. The last bird on the list was a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, heard drumming from the Wet Woods, but no visit was made over there, or to the Lakes and Scrubby Woods today. Still, a good count of 44 species was made for the 4 hours I was out, covering just half my patch.
Later in the afternoon I attempted some garden bird photo's, still not much about though, but the visit of one young Starling made for some fun entertainment :-)
|The first of many Juv. Starlings to visit my garden this spring, I hope|
|Nice gob full of fat !|
|Still more needed !|
|Stuffed full and content, at last :-)|