|Sunshine trying to break through this morning, it did eventually :-)|
After my failed Flycatcher expedition, I went up to the Wooded Headland at Migrant Alley and had a listen for Turtle Doves, which also ended in failure, a BLACKCAP, a CHIFFCHAFF and a pair of BULLFINCH were the best noted there.
My patch wanderings took me over to the Scrubby Woods and Lakes area, where I checked the progress of the COOT family, which look to be down to just 2 youngsters now, and the GREYLAG GOOSE is still incubating, nothing else but CANADA GEESE were seen on the water. I again listened for an hour for the Turtle Doves in the adjacent Scrubby Woods, and failed yet again to hear any, nor were there any Garden warblers, and of course the Cuckoo was notable by its absence.
May in a British woodland should be filled with birdsong, but this year it seems very subdued, whilst listening for Turtle doves I heard only occasional song from, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, CHAFFINCH, SONGTHRUSH, WREN, ROBIN, and BLACKBIRD is it like this everywhere this year ?
Around 10:00hrs I made my back over to Migrant Alley, which has been very poor this year for those migrants, just one Wheatear and one Yellow wagtail has turned up on the pasture and paddocks this spring, but the place has changed over the past few years, it's much busier now with stable girls coming and going, tending many more horses than there used to be, and the establishment that the girls come from insists on keeping the place as ''tidy''as possible.I did see a flock of a dozen LINNETS there though, with 2 GOLDFINCH and 4 PIED WAGTAILS.
At least it's still a good place to sit and watch the sky from, which I did for an hour, seeing LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, HERRING GULL and BLACK HEADED GULL (53) a new species for the month and a scarce record for May. I also saw four HOUSE MARTINS (54) go over, another I could of done with yesterday! KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK, GREY HERON, a calling LITTLE OWL from the Greenhouse Copse and the local SWALLOWS were the best of the rest, strangely there were no Buzzards about today.
So the May list moves on to 54 species, a long way to go yet to reach the best May total of 73, achieved back in 2011 - but then I have got another 29 days to go :-)
|Another Speckled Wood, this one was at the Wooded Headland|