|Click to enlarge it really was the Hoopoe!!|
The rest of the walk was done with a very large smile, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew north and there were reasonable numbers of SWALLOWS moving through. The BARNACLE goose is still around and down at the lake GARDEN WARBLER and BLACKCAP were vying for best song within a couple of yards of each other. In the wood I managed to add a calling LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER plus at least 5 TREECREEPERS were heard and several NUTHATCHES. I watched a MARSH TIT seemingly collecting nest material and heading off to a rotting stump and a COAL TIT called nearby.
Out in the fields a KESTREL drifted along the stream, 2 NIGHTINGALES sang from different copses and 3 YELLOWHAMMERS were widely scattered around the field edges, as I walked along the edge of the patch I looked up to find a BUZZARD circling with a HOBBY and a CUCKOO started singing, pretty much last addition of the morning was a purring TURTLE DOVE (95).
As well as the birds today, a Broad Bodied Chaser was seen to add to several Large Red Damselflies seen when we were with friends yesterday, there were a few butterflies around including Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Red Admiral and Comma. Yesterday I also had a Yellow Wagtail fly over the house unfortunately not on the patch!
|Just for a splash of colour took this in our garden|