With the coolness of the morning, little was heard singing, but one species that did sing was a LESSER WHITETHROAT, presumably the same bird that arrived on Wednesday, giving hope that it may set up a territory around the Wooded Headland at Migrant Alley. The CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP were also seen at the Wooded Headland. Out on the pasture and paddocks, just 2 HERRING GULL and a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL were seen, along with the gathering of Corvids, mostly which were ROOKS.
|Rook (Archive Photo)|
|Rook, another archive photo, didn't get any action with the camera today!|
Approaching the Wet Woods I saw a COMMON BUZZARD fly out and head over the Greenhouse Grounds, but there was little in the woods today, just GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and NUTHATCH of note.
I passed the incubating MISTLETHRUSH on the way to the lakes, the eggs must have hatched by now ? Over on the Lakes there was no sign of yesterdays white goose, but 4 GREYLAGS were on the water, with 6 CANADA GEESE and a lone male MANDARIN DUCK. I scanned the ornamental lake to see if there were any young COOT about yet, but only one adult was seen, 7 MALLARDS were being tolerated by the MUTE SWAN, as was a MOORHEN with 2 young.
In the Scrubby Woods some song was heard, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST, more Chiffchaff and Blackcap, plus the BLACKBIRDS and SONGTHRUSHES, but it was all a bit quiet in there this morning.
An hours sky watch was had on my seat at Migrant Alley, but the only bird of note seen passing over was a GREY HERON.
Looks like tomorrows visit will be short lived if I get out at all, rain and wind is forecast for the morning, and a spot of DIY for my old mum will take up my afternoon!