I covered most, but not all parts of my patch during the 4 hour visit, but it was, as expected, very quiet on the bird front, as is always the case in June many birds are secretively feeding young or hiding away while they moult. I did however find a reasonable tally of species, 41 in all, with the undoubted highlight being a fast moving HOBBY (58) that sped low over the Scrubby Woods, one more for the June list!
The Scrubby Woods had the best of what was on offer today, with plenty of BLUE and GREAT TIT families feeding up in the Oak canopy, but I am yet to find a Coal Tit family, I think I may of missed those whilst in wales, along with the first Chiffchaff and Blackcap families! A pair of TREECREEPERS looked as though they may have had young nearby, but the NUTHATCHES were less secretive, their calls and whistles made it easy to locate the immature birds. A male BULLFINCH showed itself, this is another species that I yet to find recently fledged young for this year. A sighting of a JAY was my first for two days, the young of these can be tricky to track down, as they tend to sit quietly up in the high branches of the Oaks.
Nothing on the lakes today apart from 16 CANADA GEESE and 5 moulting MALLARDS, I'm still hoping for a Mandarin to show up for the months list, although they have not bred in the nearby Wet Woods this year, as they have in the previous three years, since it became a dog playground even the Mallards have failed to breed their this year!
I added a Butterfly species to the year list when during the early sunshine a Small Skipper was seen at the Greenhouse Grounds, a Beautiful Demoiselle was the best of the Odonata seen today.
Back to the Wales holiday photo's to brighten the blog today, this species will at least give pleasure to a certain fellow blogger i'm sure :-)