Thursday, 9 June 2016

This morning was grey and overcast, with a light NE wind, later in the day it became sunny and warm again.

I carried out the 3rd full patch walk of the month today, in which the four and a half hour visit provided 45 bird species, a little on the low side for June, with again a poor showing from the Summer species, plus a few regulars like Sparrowhawk, Long Tailed Tit and Pheasant weren't recorded today.

Migrant Alley still has a mix of 20-30 GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE present on the sheep pasture, but it was annoying to see the field margins all mowed down - an ecological holocaust in my opinion. The KESTREL pair and 2 WHITETHROAT pairs were feeding their respective young over at the Greenhouse Grounds, hopefully fledged young from both these species will be seen soon.

Over in the Woods the likes of BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, STOCK DOVE, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, BULLFINCH and COAL TIT were the best of what was seen, the latter species were feeding recently fledged young, No. 23 for this years successfully bred list.

The sky was mostly devoid of birds apart from the local BUZZARD pair, the local SWALLOWS and a few SWIFTS, the only passing through bird was a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.

I did get a rather nice surprise as I walked past the Greenhouse Grounds on my way back home, when I heard a REED WARBLER (92,57) singing from a clump of willow osiers close to one of the greenhouses, a good bird for my patch year list and one that was missed from last years patch list  ;-)


Marc Heath said...

Well done with the Reed Warbler, edging towards that 100 species.

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Warren Baker said...

Slowly but surely!