I got round for a full patch walk this morning, which took me just under 5 hours, the tally of bird species was relatively low, with just 43 seen, but some are keeping well low as they are now breeding. Common and regular birds missing from todays list were Treecreeper, Jay, Stock Dove, Long Tailed Tit and Sparrowhawk.
Of the bird recorded, nothing really stood out, the most enjoyable sightings were the LITTLE OWL at the Small Holding, plus the raptor species of BUZZARD and KESTREL. The most notable gatherings were of the GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE that were on the paddocks at Migrant Alley early on, with 31 of the former and 11 of the latter present. Only SWIFT, SWALLOW, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP and COMMON WHITETHROAT turned out for the summer species, a poor return,
Once again my visit produced no newly fledged species for the years ''Successfully bred'' list, but one I look forward to is the MUTE SWAN over at the ornamental lake, this species has bred just once here, so it is quite an event for my patch ;-)
A later walk around the Scrubby Woods to look for odonata species was a total failure, just not warm enough yet I suppose!
Just to brighten the post a little here's the last of the shots from Bough Beech I took a couple of days ago..........