Although I didn't add anything to the Month or year lists, I still recorded a fantastic variety of bird species today, 56 in all, and still managed to miss Nuthatch and Coal Tit!
The LESSER WHITETHROAT sang again from the Greenhouse Grounds early on, as did a couple of COMMON WHITETHROATS, a LITTLE OWL was also seen perched on one of the glasshouses. The first newly fledged GREAT TIT family were also seen here and in the distance a CUCKOO was heard as it passed over.
A dozen or so GREYLAG GEESE and a CANADA GOOSE were on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, around them the SWALLOWS were feeding, and higher up a couple of HOUSE MARTINS plus a few SWIFTS were seen. Two HERRING GULLS and two LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS also went over.
|There were at least 4 of the newly fledged Great Tits|
|These are the earliest I have recorded by five days|
|Great Tit Juv.|
|Skylark on its usual perch, I'd like to get a bit closer to it for a better photo|
On the lakes a GREY HERON was on the ornamental pond, along with the COOT pair and their two chicks, the MUTE SWAN eggs have yet to hatch, just a couple of MALLARD and MOORHEN, with 3 more Canada Geese were all that was seen on the other two water bodies.
I spent some time in the Scruby Woods trying to find Damsels and Dragons, and got very lucky when I found a Four Spot Chaser, my first this year, they are a scarce Dragon here, so I was pleased to get an image of it, not quite as close as I would have wanted, but i'll take it! I also saw a few Azure Damsels plus a couple more Beautiful Demoiselles.
|Four Spot Chaser|
|Female Beautiful Demoiselle, I'll post up the images of the males tomorrow|
Another great days wildlifing, in some lovely weather for once, which more of is forecast tomorrow, bring it on!