|A small group of Rannoch Loopers|
By 6.05 I was back to looking for birds, I found both pairs of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS but have so far failed to find any more pairs in the woods, a CUCKOO bubbled near the moth traps and a PIED WAGTAIL kept a close eye on proceedings. A BLACKCAP was being harassed by a youngster and a BLACKBIRD gave an alarm call as it crashed into the bush next to me, I looked up to find a SPARROWHAWK drifting over the car park. Again the numbers of BLUE TITS was high. I watched a family party near the moat which was joined in part by at least 3 young CHIFFCHAFFS.
6 LINNETS flew over the wheat field before I headed to the lake, a GARDEN WARBLER sang for most of the time I was there but there was no sign of the weekends Reed Buntings.
As I walked through the wood I heard a KINGFISHER on at least 3 occasions, I eventually saw it streaking across the fields ten minutes later. I found another GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS nest which was given away by some incessant begging calls! In the fields there were several SKYLARKS, a REED BUNTING was singing in the hedgerow close to a YELLOWHAMMER and that was probably about it, 43 species was average on a very pleasant morning.