A SONGTHRUSH awoke me at 04:15hrs, the first dog was yapping at 06:00hrs and the first brush cutter was heard at 06:30hrs, normal quiet countryside dwelling then!
I spent until 11:00hrs carrying out a full patch walk this morning, by which time most living things had retired to the shade of the woods, however, before they hid themselves away, I recorded an average tally of bird species for a July visit - 43 in all. The highlight was watching only my second record this year of the LAPWING (60) as it flew over the Ashes Lane Fields, a once common winter visitor and passage bird in spring and early Autumn. The July list moves on to 60 now, still only in 13th place out of the 15 July's recorded.
Not much else was in the sky, a few SWIFTS, plus the local SWALLOWS, but not a single gull was seen flying over today. SPARROWHAWK, KESTREL and BUZZARD were all up hunting, the latter two species had young with them, a probable Hobby was also seen, but too briefly to confirm!
LINNET was added to this years ''Successfully Bred'' list, two recently fledged young were seen being fed by both parents along the hedgerow at Ashes Lane, another once common breeding species here, but it's now declined down to two breeding pairs at best.
Most of the regulars were seen or heard in the wooded parts of my patch, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT and BULLFINCH being the pick of those, with just Long Tailed Tit and Mistlethrush missing.
Nothing at all on the lakes, well, just the odd MOORHEN, the GREYLAG GEESE and CANADA GEESE were over at Migrant Alley grazing with the sheep :-)
A search for Dragonflies proved very disappointing, just a couple of White-legged Damselflies were seen with a lone Ruddy Darter, Butterflies were also around in only average numbers.
Large White Butterfly. Slim pickings for the camera in such good conditions.......I feel a visit to a proper piece of habitat coming on!!