I covered most parts of my patch and as yesterday I found 50 species, the highlight was in the form of another new passage migrant, that being a YELLOW WAGTAIL (81,66) which flew over Migrant Alley early on, giving its distinctive high pitch call as it headed northwards, this is the earliest Yellow Wagtail I have had on my patch, the previous earliest date was the 15th April occurring last year and in 2011.
Also at Migrant Alley this morning there were 55 HERRING GULLS and 9 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS on the sheep pasture, at least 4 male SWALLOWS were flying around out there as well. The LITTLE OWL was back in the nearby Greenhouse Copse and the KESTREL pair were seen mating on one of the Greenhouse rooves.
The Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods provided much bird song between them, BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF being the most enjoyable for me today. The MISTLETHRUSH was sitting at her nest, so far so good for her, and the GREYLAG GOOSE was on her nest at the main lake, where the Goosander had departed, leaving just the MUTE SWAN pair, MALLARDS, MOORHENS and CANADA GEESE, the Coots have gone into hiding again.
Not much else out of the ordinary to report, a late morning sky watch produced of note, fly overs from YELLOWHAMMER, SKYLARK, PIED WAGTAIL, and a single MEADOW PIPIT, up to a dozen BUZZARDS were in soaring in the area, plus the SPARROWHAWK was seen.
The Cuckoo should turn up any day now,.........hopefully!
ROOK at Migrant Alley, they are collecting food for nestlings now