The fine, sunny and warm weather didn't bring out many birds though, an early walk around the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley was pretty birdless, just a few STARLINGS, Corvids and the odd flyover PIED WAGTAIL.
Unusually this individual allowed me to photograph it as it preened
It's not quite what I was looking for on the fence lines though!
Three or four WHITETHROATS were seen at the Greenhouse Grounds, where just one of the KESTREL young was seen. Two BUZZARDS flew low over the Ashes Lane Fields as I walked to the Scrubby Woods, where I went on to see some, but not all of the regulars, as it was also very quiet here, but a TREECREEPER and a GOLDCREST were heard singing, NUTHATCH and STOCK DOVE called briefly, plus the young BULLFINCHES were seen again, feeding in amongst the BLACKCAPS on the Elder Bushes.
Only a GREY HERON was of any note on the lakes, over which a HERRING GULL flew, the only gull of the morning. As it got warmer, all but the excitable yaffles of GREEN WOODPECKERS and the slow yawning call of the WOODPIGEONS disturbed the stillness of the walk home.
Not a very inspiring four hours out! Even the Dragonflies were having a day off, the only exception being the Common Darters..........