Saturday, 27 August 2016

Another fine, late Summers day, although a bit more comfortable than of late.

A visit to Migrant Alley yesterday evening provided a couple of noteworthy sightings, first off a couple of SWIFTS were seen wheeling around, with around 100 SWALLOWS, but the real surprise was finding a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (97,63) the first of the year, and probably the last!

There was no sign of the Spotted flycatcher this morning, however there were again a few bits of note around Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds, with the latter holding a flock of around 40-50 GREENFINCH and 50-60 GOLDFINCH, as well as the odd CHIFFCHAFF, WHITETHROAT, WILLOW WARBLER and BLACKCAP.

A couple of Yellow wagtails were seen on the paddocks at Migrant Alley, with at least 2 more heard flying over. I also saw a flock of 8-10 MANDARIN DUCK (64) fly over the Greenhouses, one more for the months list  :-)

Chiffchaff at the Greenhouse Ground this morning.

Friday, 26 August 2016

After a bit of morning rain, the sky cleared and the day became hot, humid and sunny again.

There were a few more of the ''Summer'' birds about today, with GARDEN WARBLER at both the Scrubby Woods and Greenhouse Grounds, where there was also a WILLOW WARBLER, which gave some quiet song, as well as a WHITETHROAT. There were BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF also seen and heard to sing at both the scrubby Woods and the Greenhouse Grounds.

HOUSE MARTIN, SWALLOW and a couple more YELLOW WAGTAILS were seen over Migrant Alley, rounding it up for the summer birds.

KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD represented the raptor species this morning, but HERRING GULL was the only Larid species seen today.

All the woodland regulars, the pick being; GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, STOCK DOVE, JAY, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, the four TIT species and four Finch species and SONGTHRUSH, all turned out today, just the Mistlethrush continues to evade the August list, a list that looks like its going to be the worst August tally since 2004, when visits were fewer due to me working.

LINNET and PIED WAGTAIL made up the farmland passerines, in a day list that only reached 43.

There was little photographic opportunity, but I have got a few 'blog brighteners' from my trip to Rye Harbour on Wednesday to post.

Common Sandpiper


Immature Linnet