Friday, 4 May 2012
Cassiobury Park (30th April)
A summary of the Monday lunch time break birds included a showy male Blackcap, 1♂ Mandarin on the newly flooded meadows in the nature reserve, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jays, 1 Common Tern heading directly north without stopping and up to 4 Bullfinches. Other than the birds I also saw my first 2 Orangetips of the year and a Grass Snake swam across the canal towards the nature reserve. The highlight, came when I stumble across 2 Wheatear (1♂,1♀) at the eastern end of the football pitches, a rather unusual location as they are more often found near the wooden benches.