Nothing much here, although there were tit flocks and Chiffchaffs all over the place, many singing intermittently. I decided to walk the circuit, which I haven't done in ages, as it's usually quite unproductive. Today was no exception! A couple of Bullfinches in the southern trees and a Reed Warbler scolding from a reed bed on the NE side were the highlights!
As I neared the car park and walked the northern footpath north of the concrete road, I heard crests calling from a low oak right next to the path - I almost ignored them, as I often do, but today I stopped and walked back towards the calls. I picked up a bird - it was a Goldcrest, then another bird - a Firecrest! It was now about an hour and a half since I had first seen the bird less than 100 yards away, so it looked to be favouring this general area. It wasn't with a tit flock now and just kept close company with this Goldcrest, both being quite vocal. It was showing really well in the undersides of the trees, so after watching it for a while, I decided to try and use my point and press camera for a record shot. This would have been impossible if it hadn't been fairly close and in fact at one point it came within 6 feet of me, though the lack of light underneath the trees didn't help.
|You can make out the white super and vivid green mantle|
|Same record shot cropped|
|Unfortunately blurred, but you can see the head pattern|
This is another patch tick for me and a bird that is fairly scarce on site with only a handful of records that I am aware of.
Last Tuesday, I walked around parts of the patch that I rarely see and found a nice Whinchat perched on the fence surrounding the new athletics track. It actually looked to be lying on it having a rest when I first saw it and then stood up to show its legs in a normal posture. A Spotted Flycatcher was also in this area and now makes about 5 of these over the past couple of weeks, so obviously having a good year.
On a couple of after work visits, I have seen the regular adult Yellow-legged Gull both yesterday and the day before and yesterday it was joined by another adult, a bird with vivid yellow legs rather than the washed out colour of the regular bird.