Although not the best conditions for a full patch walk, I always like to carry one out on the first day of the new month, here's the bird species I recorded during the walk, in order of appearance...........
GREENFINCH, COLLARED DOVE, WOODPIGEON, BLUE TIT, CARRION CROW, BLACKCAP, DUNNOCK, GOLDFINCH, JACKDAW, WREN and CHAFFINCH were noted as I walked the short distance along Ashes lane to the Greenhouse Grounds, where GOLDREST, PIED WAGTAIL, WHITETHROAT, ROBIN, BLACKBIRD and KESTREL all joined the list. A circuit of Migrant Alley in a blowing drizzle was not very productive, but STARLING, ROOK, and SWALLOW were all added.
The Greenhouse Copse was walked through, but just MAGPIE and CHIFFCHAFF were added to the July list. A LINNET flew over calling as I made my way to High House Lane and Bustard Hill, but again, little was noted, just HOUSE SPARROW and both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER.
The Small Holding added another couple of species, those being NUTHATCH and SONGTHRUSH, then the walk through the Wet Woods gave me MOORHEN, TREECREEPER and JAY for the months tally.
Next up was the lakes, which had MALLARD, CANADA GOOSE and GREY HERON present, then onto the Scrubby Woods which yielded STOCK DOVE, PHEASANT, GREAT TIT and BULLFINCH.
I made my way over to the Ashes Lane Fields and Pub Field, but only added flyover species to the days list, those being HERRING GULL, BUZZARD and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.
Finishing my walk with a short sky watch from my seat at Migrant Alley I added SWIFT and lastly SKYLARK to the July bird list, bringing the total to a reasonable 43 species.
A long way to go then to catch the best July total of 71 species, which was achieved in 2014, even the 66 required to meet the previous 5 years mean average tally looks a bit daunting !
More images from Wales to brighten the post!
Recently fledged Redstart
The similar Robin fledgling