The Greenhouse Grounds had single CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP present, as well as a GREY WAGTAIL again, a KESTREL that perched on one of the greenhouses was the only raptor seen on today's visit.
Over in the Scrubby Woods I found a mixed feeding flock, consisting of mostly BLUE TITS, but also seen with them were a couple of GREAT TITS, a TREECREEPER, 2 NUTHATCHES and 3 CHIFFCHAFF, all being led along by half a dozen LONG TAILED TITS. COAL TIT and BULLFINCH called from nearby, a JAY was seen, and a GOLDCREST gave song short bursts of song, it was good to see at least 4 SONGTHRUSHES here today as well.
Nothing of note was on the lakes, so I went back to my seat at Migrant Alley for a sky watch, which was very poor, just 3 SWALLOWS, a flock of 12-15 HOUSE MARTINS plus loads of HERRING GULLS were about the sum of it.
This afternoon, I was having a garden bird watch, and was surprised by what I encountered, for as well as the usual Tits, Finches, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS, Starlings, and COLLARED DOVES, etc. I also had a TREECREEPER and LESSER WHITETHROAT visit, both taking a liking to my Elder Tree, these are not new species to my garden, but are very rare visitors, however, I did get a new species to add to my garden bird list when an immature STOCK DOVE turned up, that also sat in the Elder tree :-) It's the 55th bird species to use my garden in the almost 15 years Ive lived here :-) Oh! and as I write this the SPARROWHAWK is chasing the GREENFINCHES all over the place, just took a photo of it again, but the lights poor, if they turn out reasonable i'll post them on tomorrows blog, until then I'll post up yesterdays Migrant Hawker shots :-)
Migrant Hawker pair in 'mating wheel'