The first two birds on my list of the 51 species recorded today were not the usual characters, a PHEASANT and a NUTHATCH were both heard to call as I set off down Ashes lane, these were quickly followed by the common regulars of BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, SWALLOW, GOLDFINCH, WOODPIGEON, MAGPIE, JACKDAW, BLACKBIRD, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, WREN, and COLLARED DOVE.
At least two WHITETHROATS and a CHIFFCHAFF were in the Greenhouse Grounds, finding what cover they could, which included the spokes of the bicycles that were leaning up against a tree :-) A KESTREL was also seen hunting around the glasshouses, plus four JAYS were an unusual sight for this part of my patch.
Out on Migrant Alley there were at least 150 STARLINGS with the Corvid flock, a few more Linnets and Goldfinch were present with them, as were a couple of PIED WAGTAILS. The Swallows were coming down to a leaky water trough to drink, allowing for a photo.
The Small Holding had a MISTLETHRUSH present, as well as a calling LITTLE OWL the best sightings there, while the Wet Woods had both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS calling, plus TREECREEPER and STOCK DOVE seen. Over on the lakes the regular MUTE SWAN, COOT, MALLARD and MOORHENS were joined by the less regular KINGFISHER, GREY HERON and two MANDARIN DUCKS, there were also around 50 GREYLAG GEESE on the main lake.
The Scrubby Woods added BLACKCAP, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST and BULLFINCH to my day list, but I didn't stay too long there, instead preferring to go over to my seat at Migrant Alley for a sky watch, which provided the likes of LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING, and BLACK HEADED GULLS, as well as SPARROWHAWK, BUZZARD, more Kestrel and Greylag Goose sightings, and a whole host of SWIFTS moving high over, however, the bird of the day for me was the GREY WAGTAIL (70) that flew low over, calling as it went, which takes the months bird list to 70 species, setting a new July species record :-)
Whilst watching the garden feeders this afternoon, I noticed a immature Collared Dove with two adults, at last successful breeding has been confirmed for this species! That will be about it for breeding species this year now, with 43 species having been proven to have bred on my patch, and another 4 probably breeding, but not found evidence for, those being Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Stock Dove and Lesser Whitethroat. This years 47 species compares with the 49 recorded in 2011, 48 recorded in 2012 and 46 recorded last year.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker young are still regulars at my feeders, they are slowly losing there red crowns :-)