|This Fox, seen at the College Grounds, was a bit shy in posing for my camera :-)|
Maybe it was the cool wind that kept many birds silent and hidden up today, as I found it hard to winkle out the 42 species found in the 3 hour circuit of my patch, which is a well below par tally for mid May.
Not many highlights could can be mentioned for the outing, a BUZZARD flew from the Wet Woods as I approached them, and a group of 4 BULLFINCH were in the Scrubby Woods, where of the summer migrants, only two CHIFFCHAFF and a single BLACKCAP sang.
Few other summer migrants were heard or seen today, just one WHITETHROAT sang at the Greenhouse Grounds, two SWIFTS flew over Migrant Alley where the local SWALLOWS fed low over the sheep pasture, Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat and Turtle Dove all once regular songsters in years past, seem to have arrived and moved on again this year.
A an hours Sky watch from my usual seat added a passage HOUSE MARTIN, and a LONG TAILED TIT pair that fed in the hedge behind my seat to my days species tally, a KESTREL was also added, which was the last species seen today, and just the second raptor species for the day, from six recorded over the last two visits.
The biggest surprise for the morning overall, was finding a HOUSE SPARROW at my garden feeders, the first since March and just the third record for my garden of this once very common bird this year.
|House Sparrow, a real scarce bird in my garden now|
|The House Sparrow is the 23rd species this month recorded at my feeders, which is a record species tally for May|
|One more from The Sparrow :-)|