I carried out a four and a half hour full patch walk this morning, finding a reasonable tally of 47 bird species, in which Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Long tailed Tit went unrecorded, unusually. There was just one addition to the May list, when during my hours sky watch at Migrant Alley, two BLACK HEADED GULLS (59) flew over with a few HERRING GULLS and a lone LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. My sky watch also provided views of KESTREL, BUZZARD and SPARROWHAWK as they hunted over the area, a probable Hobby was also seen, but views were distant and brief, as were possible Swift and House Martin, the latter still has yet to be recorded this month.
Other noteworthy bits were a GREY HERON and male MANDARIN DUCK on the main lake, plus the two LITTLE OWLS sat together in their favoured tree at the Small Holding. It was disappointing however to record just 4 summer species, CHIFFCHFF, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT and SWALLOW.
LINNET, a pair were seen along the drainage ditch at the ashes Lane Fields.