I started off around the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley, hoping for another sighting of the Wheatears seen yesterday, but as I suspected , they had moved on, they never stay more than a few hours in the spring as they are eager to get back to their breeding grounds. I was left with the regular BLACK HEADED GULL flock to scan through, but they are the same birds as in previous visits so no Med gulls were seen. The morning fly through of HERRING GULLS was observed, with them were a couple of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, one of which I got a dodgy image of ;-)
|Lesser Black backed Gull - just look at that sky, could do with that come May|
Making my way over to the lakes and woods I checked the old shack in the Ashes lane Field as I always do, finding once again the LITTLE OWL present on it, nearby a FIELDFARE called from the top of a sycamore tree, the only winter thrush seen today.
On the lakes it was much the same as previous visits, CANADA GEESE, GREYLAG GEESE and the feral BARNACLE GOOSE were all present, as were the COOT pair, and the MUTE SWAN pair, I thought maybe the two I'd seen fly over earlier were these two, but obviously not. There were plenty of CHIFFCHAFFS about, three were seen in the rough areas surrounding the lakes, with at least another 4 in the Scrubby Woods, where I had some good close views of feeding COAL TITS and also watched at least 4 different BULLFINCH moving in the dense scrub, then a real bonus was heard, the hooting of the TAWNY OWL (72,67) from the dense row of conifers, I know it roosts there, but this is my first evidence of it this year.
I had a look through the Wet Woods, finding it busier than normal, here too there were Chiffchaffs singing, as well as NUTHATCH calling, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS drumming, and a pair of BUZZARDS chasing along the edge of the wood, making all sorts of calls, they're are almost certainly breeding on my patch, be good to find out where. As I watched one of two Albino Squirrels, a pair of MANDARIN DUCKS dropped onto the wooded pools.
|I got a couple of images of one of the Albino Squirrels|
|They make interesting images, despite the light being poor|
|On the floor of the Wet Woods the first Bluebells are coming into flower|