This BUZZARD flew over early in the walk
I carried out a 'full patch walk'' and in the 4 and a half hours it took, I found 47 bird species, but that didn't include Songthrush, Treecreeper, Coal Tit or Long Tailed Tit that I know were out there somewhere!
Out on the pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley the LINNET flock had dwindled slighly, 50 - 60 were seen, the STARLING flock was smaller too, with around 40 - 50 birds present. Three GREEN WOODPECKERS were also seen, as were at least 8 MEADOW PIPITS, plus the mixed flock of ROOKS, CARRION CROWS, JACKDAWS and the odd MAGPIE.
Summer species continue to dwindle, with just one BLACKCAP being found, that was at the edge of the Maize crop in the Pub Field, where 4 of todays 7 CHIFFCHAFFS were also found, a PHEASANT was recorded here too, it's been a while since I've seen one! SWALLOWS zipped through on the wind in two's and three's, as did the only other summer visitor seen today, a YELLOW WAGTAIL.
Whilst over at the Lakes ticking off the regulars of MUTE SWAN, MALLARD, COOT and MOORHEN, a KINGFISHER was seen flying low over the main lake, then a few minutes later the raucous call of a RING NECKED PARAKEET (74) was heard, I picked it up as it headed West, soon flying out of view, a bit of a dubious months addition, but i'll take it :-)
BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, JAY, STOCK DOVE and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were noted in the Scrubby Woods today, while the Small Holding held plenty of WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH and a few GREENFINCH, most of these finches are here due to my garden feeders only 40 meters away as the finch flies :-)
Few flyover species were added today, the already mentioned Buzzard, Swallows and Yellow Wagtail were joined by the likes of HERRING GULL, GREY HERON, the KESTREL pair, a SPARROWHAWK, a skein of 8 CANADA GEESE, then a skein of 30-40 GREYLAG GEESE, a few more Meadow Pipits, a GREY WAGTAIL that dropped into the Greenhouse Grounds and a party of 4 CORMORANT were it for the day :-)
A pre Sunday dinner photo session in my garden was a bit hit and miss, but a couple of images were taken :-)