A cool bright start, with very little wind to speak of compared to yesterday, there were a couple of GOLDFINCHES in the car park and a PHEASANT called from Park Field. I made my way towards the lake via the veg garden, as usual. I could hear a couple of COMMON WHITETHROATS and saw them both display, a LESSER WHITETHROAT rattled in the same hedge. It looks like the HOUSE MARTINS could stay around this year, they are certainly investigating a nest box put up under the eaves of the cottages, which is good. At least 8 SWALLOWS were heading out over the veg garden and pasture, the most so far this year, a single CANADA GOOSE flew along the valley as 2 GREYLAGS flew towards the lake, as I got to the moat a SWIFT (96) flew over the gardens proper, I rang Stephen, as I had seen his car in the car park, to let him know there was one about as he answered 'Are you ringing about the Swift?' he was, evidently, the other side of the garden by the lakes! Walking round the fields there were several LINNETS, YELLOWHAMMERS and the NIGHTINGALE was singing, also the 2 KESTRELS were next to the stream again. The only other additions today were a nice bright GREENFINCH and a HERRING GULL drifting slowly south-west.