I used the couple of hours I had, to visit the Wet Woods, Scrubby Woods and Lakes, where I had hoped to hear either garden Warbler or Turtle Dove for my patch year list, but it seems they wont be breeding here this year, a sad loss. I may pick them up on the Autumn migration as they pass back through, but its not the same as having them singing here in the springtime.
My run of recent good fortune came to an end this morning, no new species were added to the months or year list, and no new species were added to this years 'Successfully Bred' list, but evidence is all around that fledglings will be seen soon, COAL TIT, BLUE TIT, WREN, NUTHATCH, and TREECREEPER were all seen carrying food, plus the ROBINS, GREAT TITS, LONG TAILED TITS and BLACKBIRDS were continuing to feed their already fledged offspring. The COOTS still have thier two young, but the MUTE SWANS haven't hatched any out yet.
A CUCKOO called as it flew over the Scrubby Woods and the ever faithful TAWNY OWL hooted again. BLACKCAPS and CHIFFCHAFFS have gone a bit quiet, they must have young due very soon too.
A short but enjoyable visit today then, tomorrow I'm off to Dungeness for the day, so the next patch visit will be Sunday, i'll probably have some images from dunge to post tomorrow though.
Here's a misx of images from my patch walk this morning and my visit to sissinghurst, which was heaving with Dragons and Damsels..........but unfortunately people too!
|This Great Tit was busy foraging for its nestlings|
|A SONGTHRUSH was the best performer by far this morning|
|What a great sound it has :-)|
|Large Red Damsels were everywhere!|