I undertook a full patch walk today, the five hour visit producing an excellent tally of 50 species, only Stock Dove, Mistlethrush and Nuthatch were absent out of the birds I could have expected to see.
It was good to find 3 singing CHIFFCHAFFS during the visit, 2 at the lakes and 1 at the Greenhouse Grounds. Another trio, this time of LITTLE OWLS was also found, with a pair in the Greenhouse Copse and a a single calling from the Small Holding, carrying on the trio theme 3 BUZZARDS were seen soaring above Migrant Alley, where the BLACK HEADED GULL flock had reached 150 plus birds, with them were 2 COMMON GULLS, 2 immature HERRING GULLS and a single MEDITERRANEAN GULL, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew low over, making five Gull species for the visit.
FIELDFARE and REDWING moved around and over my patch, but only a few Redwing dropped in, they went into to the Scrubby Woods, where I heard the TAWNY OWL hoot from its roost site. Another fruitless search for Redpoll and Siskin was had, but at least I got to see TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, JAY, GREAT SPOTTED and GREEN WOODPECKER, as I searched.
The KESTREL pair were up hunting, as was a SPARROWHAWK, plus a few flyovers were noted, the best being MEADOW PIPIT, YELLOWHAMMER, SKYLARK, and PIED WAGTAIL.
Mediterranean Gull at Migrant Alley
COOT on the ornamental Lake