After several days with out a single raptor at the castle, the first bird this morning was a COMMON BUZZARD sat on the edge of Bull and Birches, other birds in the lane towards the castle included BULLFINCH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and several SONG THRUSHES. Once in the car park a GARDEN WARBLER sang well for a short time and 2 CUCKOOS flew over and were seen again later in veg garden.
The LESSER WHITETHROAT still sang near the car park but still didn't show itself for a photo. As I headed to the veg garden there were several LINNETS, SWALLOWS and a couple of HOUSE MARTINS. A KESTREL looked like it was patrolling the field edges as I went looking for the SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, I was pleased to find 2 birds present, both being quite vocal.
|My first young Pied Wagtail|
|Back lit Spotted Flycatcher|
A scan across the fields towards Digdog Lane produced a low SPARROWHAWK, so a sudden rush of raptors today! Walking back to the car I was struggling to work out what the shape was on an Oak by the lake it turned out to be a GREY HERON. Later, at work, I spent the lunch hour sitting waiting for a photo opportunity and managed a few photos of a couple of Swallows. Click on photos for larger image.