I was keenly listening out for the song of the first patch Migrant Chiffchaff this morning, but alas, their arrival for me will be a little bit later yet. Other song was heard around the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods though, including, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, MISTLETHRUSH, WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH, and COAL TIT, all those mixed in with the calls of STOCK DOVE, BULLFINCH, GOLDFINCH, BLUE TIT and GREAT TIT, plus the drumming of GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER made for a very springlike feel to things.
Checking the lakes, the only bird of note was a CORMORANT that fished on the main lake, although also visiting were 4 GREYLAG GEESE and 2 CANADA GEESE, which both incresed in number as more geese headed in from the local golf course, the main lake ended up with 13 Greylags and 11 Canada Geese.
As I left the lakes and passed back into the Wet Woods, I was pleased to see the years first MANDARIN DUCK (69,59) on one of the pools there, a single pair have bred there for the past 3 years, but they have normally already been recorded by now, I would be surprised if they breed this year with the number of dogs that use the woods as a play area though.
Other noteworthy bits seen today were the regular 3 raptor species of BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL, flyovers from 2 single MEADOW PIPITS, a YELLOWHAMMER, 2 PIED WAGTAILS and 4 FIELDFARE. There were no gulls on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley when I arrived, but being a Sunday they would have been flushed up well early in the day.
Not much for the camera today, as I left it indoors for the first part of the walk given the poor forecast! Only this STARLING was snapped :-)