Yet another cloudy, showery and mostly overcast dreary Summers day.
I got caught more than once by the showers during todays full patch walk, but more wetting was the soaking vegetation that needs to be negotiated! Just 44 species were found eventually, the regular resident species of Mistlethrush, Jay, Long Tailed Tit and Coal Tit all being unrecorded this morning.
The highlight of the visit was watching the months first PEREGRINE (60) circling over Migrant Alley, one of four raptors seen today, the others being KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD.
There were around 75-100 SWIFTS over Migrant Alley around mid morning, obviously some sort of food abundance had attracted them from far and wide. Fly overs from LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULL were all that was noted passing through during my hours skywatch.
My quest to find more newly fledged young drew a blank, but a couple more GOLDCREST families were seen.......still no BLACKBIRD young!
Not much else to note today, but I saw that only one MUTE SWAN remains on the ornamental lake, I suspect that one will leave soon.
Once again not a day for photo's, no light, no Odonta and no Butterflies!!