In the dreary conditions first thing, my walk around the Greenhouse Grounds, Migrant Alley, the Pub Field and across the Ashes Lane Field, yielded a few bits and pieces. A SPARROWHAWK was up hunting at the Greenhouse Grounds, Migrant Alley had a singing LESSER WHITETHROAT at the Wooded Headland, probably the one that has been heard singing from the Greenhouse Grounds last week. The Pub Field had 4 STOCK DOVES feeding on it, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flying low over it, then my first YELLOWHAMMER (59) of May called as it flew through.
I checked the old shack in the Ashes Lane Field, and was pleased to see a LITTLE OWL (60) sitting on it, while the adjacent weedy field had the SKYLARK pair chasing about over it, and higher up still, a BUZZARD was soaring.
I headed off home to shed my coat and wooly hat, as the morning was warming up a bit, and as I was putting my boots back on to leave again, this Sparrowhawk flew into the garden, the first for at least 6 weeks.
|Unfortunately I had to shoot through the double glazing :-(|
|The light was poor too, but at least it's a good record of the event|
|Looks like an immature bird|
With nothing changing on the lakes, just 3 MANDARIN drakes were of note there, I decided to spend some time in the Scrubby Woods, but in the 90 minutes I was there I didn't hear either Turtle Dove nor Garden Warbler, will they arrive hear this spring ? The TAWNY OWL called repeatedly, and 3 more SWIFTS were seen up in the now blue sky, my first HOUSE MARTINS (61) for the month were also seen spinning around in the blue :-)
With the bird life going quiet, I got down to trying to find some Damsels and Dragons, and to my surprise I found some! The first Beautiful Demoiselles and the first Azure Damsels of the year turned up, here's a few Demoiselle images, i'll post the Azures on tomorrows post :-)
|I reckon this is an immature female|
|An immature male was also about, but didn't pose for me|
|Beautiful Demoiselle - lovely creatures!|