In all, at least 8 chiffchaffs were heard and 4+ buzzards noted.A single red kite near Bury Green was followed by the 1st of the 4 buzzards. A swallow over Clinton's Farm
was a first for the year in the parish, but no other migrants were seen or heard.
Yellowhammers, dunnocks, tits and finches all seen, as was a fine male sparrowhawk at Clinton's Cottages, but too fast for a photo.
Butterflies were: small tortoiseshell (3), peacock (2) and first comma of the year.
All in all, best wander of the year so far and worth noting all the bird species:
mallard, common buzzard, sparrowhawk, red kite, pheasant, herring gull, wood pigeon, collared dove, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, skylark, swallow, wren, dunnock, robin, blackbird, chiffchaff, great tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, magpie, jay, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, yellowhammer In total: 34 species.
|male robin in good voice|
|nuthatch inspecting possible nest sites|
|red kite over Bury Green|
|rapid flyby swallow. 1st village record for the year|
|1st comma of the year|