From 06:00hrs until around 08:30hrs the remnants of yesterdays sunshine held out, but thereafter it clouded over and some blustery showers moved in for the rest of the 4 hour visit.
My early check of the College Grounds proved fruitless for that Spotted Flycatcher, while the check on the Wooded Headlands a short distance away also proved to be fruitless for that Turtle Dove. In the mean time I was recording most the regular species to be found here. The most notable change from the past few visits was the increase in GOLDCREST song, with two singing at the College Grounds, two at the Greenhouse Grounds, and another along Ashes Lane. There were also more LINNETS about this morning, at least 24 were feeding in a paddock at Migrant Alley, alas no migrant species were with them :-(
Nothing had changed from recent visits over at the scrubby Woods with its adjacent lakes, another 4 Goldcrest were noted, but the Garden warblers look to have abandoned this traditional breeding site, however I still hold out hope that a Turtle dove will turn up here yet :-)
Later on, towards the end of my visit, I had my usual skywatch from my now windswept seat at Migrant Alley, hoping for a Swift to show up, but like the other migrant species on my wish list today, they were not forthcoming, I did see a HOBBY (57) though, another to add to the months list. At least 8 HOUSE MARTINS, a SKYLARK, a GREY HERON, a SPARROWHAWK and both LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULL were also seen going over, whilst behind me on the Greenhouse Guttering the KESTREL pair were observed mating again, not much of a romantic choice of venue :-)
I did at least get a photo or two today :-)
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