|Eventually one of the Whitethroats posed breifly|
A SWALLOW flew low north, the first of only two seen today. A couple of PIED WAGTAILS flew up from the veg garden and as I headed out into the fields I heard several SKYLARKS and a YELLOWHAMMER followed by a LESSER WHITETHROAT. I think there are possibly 2 pairs KESTREL on the estate and a male flew low, Sparrowhawk like, along the hedge, later a female was being quite acrobatic over the winter wheat. A GARDEN WARBLER sang from near the NIGHTINGALE, which I stayed and listened to for a good 10 minutes, most enjoyable! GREY HERONS were again commuting across the fields and LINNETS were flicked along the hedges.
A TURTLE DOVE purred from near the lodge. I didn't make it into the woods today, probably because the fields and hedges were quite busy, 7 STOCK DOVES fed in one of the freshly sown fields and the Cuckoo which had been singing all morning finally gave itself up as it flew along the stream. The highlight for me this morning was while I watched a Skylark lift up from the field and a HOBBY appeared from nowhere chased it for a few seconds then headed off over the stream, fantastic!
|I think this Mistle Thrush had just been having a bath|
|The Buttercups looked stunning today|