|Bluebells in the Wet Woods|
Back to this morning though and it was a dull and cloudy start, heading off to the College Grounds I noted one of the KESTREL pair on the Greenhouse guttering as I passed, and a WHITETHROAT sang from the grounds there.
The first of 9 SWIFTS seen today flew over Migrant Alley, as did 4 GREYLAG GEESE, I saw 15 LINNETS and a GREEN WOODPECKER fly up from one of the paddocks, then a SPARROWHAWK whizzed into the College Grounds as I approached, putting up all the SWALLOWS from the stables there. An hours look around the grounds and gardens of the college didn't bring me the Spotted Flycatcher I am wanting to find there, but I did get a bonus bird for the May list when I watched a GREY WAGTAIL (61) fly along the stream behind the college, only the second sighting of this species this year, it appeared to be carrying food, so i'll have to check out this area again to see if it is breeding here somewhere.
I was a bit short of time this morning, so i only had an hour over at the lakes and Scrubby Woods, which was worth the effort, as I had good views of both the COOT pair today, and was surprised to see three youngsters with them, ive only been seeing two for the last couple of weeks :-) There was no sign of the Greylag Geese or the goslings, they may be on an adjacent off patch field though. A TURTLE DOVE was ''purring'' in the Scrubby Woods, good to hear that again, a few CHIFFCHAFFS and BLACKCAPS were the only other summer singers in there today, along with the resident COAL TIT joining in. Up to 6 BULLFINCH were seen, 4 of them males, so hopefully there should be some young to find next month :-)
|More of those Bluebells to end with|