Frustratingly, one of my ears is blocked and I was fairly useless at hearing the birds this morning, but luckily there were enough keen ears and sharp eyes among the group to compensate. Highlights were at least two Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff no doubt recently arrived from Africa. This is the list:

Blackcap - at least two seen and heard

Chaffinch - rather thin on the ground, with just one heard singing briefly

Goldfinch - one or two

Greenfinch - one or two

Blackbird - several seen and heard

Robin - many singing birds

Jay - at least one

Carrion Crow - a few seen and heard

Lesser Black-backed Gull - one or two cruising overhead

Magpie - one or two

Woodpigeon - lots seen and heard

Collared Dove - two or three

Chiffchaff - one near the pond was probably passing through but picked up a feather and flew off with it so nesting  cannot be ruled out! 

Dunnock - at least three seen and heard

Blue Tit - several

Great Tit - several

Long-tailed Tit - three or four seen

Wren - two or three singing

House Sparrow - at least one male near the pond


Speckled Wood and Holly Blue butterflies were also noted.


Thanks to all who turned up - the last walk before the summer break will be on 15 May. All welcome.







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