I made a 4 hour patch visit today and was still hoping to find a couple of those summer migrants that might well turn up before the end of the month, but I didn't find any, there were a couple more flyover YELLOW WAGTAILS at Migrant Alley though, as well as a lone SAND MARTIN, nice to get those on my patch :-)
As yesterday, a BUZZARD was sat out on a fence post at the Ashes Lane Field before it flew off into the Wet Woods, where again, as yesterday, I heard a TREECREEPER singing, plus a SPARROWHAWK was menacingly flying through the canopy.
The Scrubby Woods had hardly a songster in it today, CHIFFCHAFFS were mostly ''hu-eeting'' and the BLACKCAPS were only halfheartedly singing, a GOLDCREST did give some short song, and calls from BULLFINCH and COAL TIT were heard, such good habitat here, deserves much better!
The lakes were particularly quiet, the GREYLAG GEESE were already down to their last Gosling, I still await the arrival of CANADA GEESE young, as do the the 4 presumed males that are on the lakes. The Mute Swans had gone elsewhere, looks like they wont breed here this year, the owners of the pond have done a good job of clearing out the water weed...............
I made my way back to Migrant Alley for a sky watch, which was particularly dull today, only a GREY HERON was of note, plus the male KESTREL that was hunting over the Greenhouses. As I sat, nearly falling asleep, I watched a Fox cross the sheep pasture carrying a Rabbit, I waited a few seconds before stealthily following it, then saw it take the Rabbit to its den, before moving back out across the fields. I sat patiently by the den and was rewarded with the sighting of at least 3 young cubs that came out to frolic for a few minutes :-) I'll not say exactly where the den is, as there are still Neanderthals out there who blame these creatures for all the i'lls in the countryside and will think nothing of killing them.
I took loads of images, here's half a dozen, i'll post more over the coming days .............
I was about 6 meters away, but you can tell by looking at their eyes that they cant focus well yet.
The cubs were all different sizes and at different stages of development
This looked to be the smallest one
They could hear my camera shutter going, but couldn't see me, eventually they all bundled back into their den :-)