It was good to hear a CUCKOO calling, one was heard over at the Scrubby Woods area as I walked round Migrant Alley first thing, the place was a was a write off though, as one of the fields is being used as a caravan camping area over the bank holiday weekend.
There was a small amount of song emanating from the Greenhouse Grounds, singles of CHIFFCHAFF, WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP, and SONGTHRUSH were heard there, as well as the more usual WRENS, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS, CHAFFINCHES and a couple of LINNETS all doing their bit. A HERRING GULL flew over, and a couple of the dozen or so PIED WAGTAILS that roost in the Greenhouses were ''set free'' as the automatic roof windows started to open.
The pair of SKYLARKS were seen again in the Ashes Lane Field, but no sign of the Little Owls in the old shack there, I still haven't had this species for the May list yet. In the Wet Woods, both NUTHATCH and TREECREEPER were heard, plus both the GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were seen, also a pair of JAYS were noted, I'm still trying to find their nest site!
I passed the MISTLETHRUSH nest site on the way to the lakes, it was definitely empty, and a scan of the large garden below for any fledged young was fruitless, although there were 4 adults!
|Patrolling Mute Swan|
I headed over to my seat overlooking Migrant Alley for an end of session skywatch, this Whitethroat was singing on the power cable as I crossed Ashes lane.
|female Blackbird, seen as I walked home|