As yesterday, I found nothing new for the month or year birding lists and there was little to inspire me to stay out a bit longer. The best of what I saw today were.............Flyovers from GREY HERON, HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and a few SWIFTS that had strayed over my patch from a much bigger gathering further south, where there seemed to 100+ moving westwards.
There were 3 GREYLAG and 5 CANADA GEESE on one of the paddocks at Migrant Alley, while the nearby Greenhouse Grounds had a LITTLE OWL perched on one of the greenhouses, the WHITETHROATS that have set up territory here, were much quieter than of late.
Crossing the Ashes Lane Field I saw another 2 Canada geese on the silage fields, where I was fed up to see that not only had the grass been sprayed with weed killer last week, but all the places where the tractor couldn't reach had been done as well, the little places that were left for the Butterflies and insects as well as nesting birds, were all wilting and shriveling up. I can see that my interest in my Pittswood patch will start to dwindle at this rate, after 14 years I may just call it a day at the 15th anniversary, we shall see :-(
I had a quick look around the Wet Woods, where I heard a TREECREEPER singing, then visited the Scrubby Woods, here I saw the first young STARLINGS of the year, as well as two recently fledged WOODPIGEONS, bringing the successfully bred list up to 13 so far.
I had a short sky watch back over at Migrant Alley for 40 minutes, seeing 3 BUZZARDS up hunting, sometimes hanging on the breeze, the male KESTREL made a better job of that! A SPARROWHAWK drifted over, nothing else of any note was seen though. The female KESTREL was on the Greenhouses as I walked home, first time I've seen her for a while, maybe she has young in the nest box now?
My plan was to go over to the Scrubby Woods later this afternoon, to look for Dragonflies and Butterflies, but it never warmed up enough and only short spells of sunshine were had, so I scrubbed that idea, instead I took some garden photo's of the birds that are visiting my feeders :-)
The HOUSE SPARROW is a less frequent visitor now-a-days
This DUNNOCK flew in to take the House Sparrows perch
A NUTHATCH has returned to take the Sunflower hearts, after a month away, it just came in once, very quickly, then went again with a bill full of seeds :-)
A couple of JACKDAWS are raiding the suet blocks I put out for the Starlings, they are feeding young in next doors chimney pot.
The local MAGPIE swoops in every few minutes, scaring everything away from the food, as far as he is concerned its his territory so it's his food, this will carry on until his young have fledged, then calm will resume at the feeders :-)