Garden observations from last week.
Really pleased to have greenfinch back in the garden – not had any since 2016. Also seen return of pheasant in our woodland area after several years’ absence.
Was treated to a Spotted Flycatcher, doing what it says it does, early evening on the 1st June but not seen again.
Pair of swallows arrived pretty late and nest building in barn. Had a few groups of swift over and also a few house martins but not seen every day.
Daily garden list usually has a singular herring gull but have had much larger groups circling pasture land and adjacent fields over the last couple of weeks – up to 60 on one occasion. Not sure what has brought them in?
Cuckoo calling from woodland for a couple of consecutive evenings before, presumably moving on.
Good take up of nest boxes by great tit in particular plus blue tits. Young birds include mistle thrush, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, robin and chaffinch.
Daily pair of raven overhead, regular singular red kite, several buzzards and occasional Sparrowhawk.
Other birds seen pretty much daily include, blue, great and coal tits (no long-tailed for a while), sparrow, dunnock, robin, blackbird, song thrush, bullfinch, goldfinch, blackcap, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, woodpigeon, collared dove, green woodpecker, pied wagtail, occasional grey wagtail and regular tawny owl.