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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