Saturday, 30 July 2016

The early morning sunshine lasted for an hour or so before cloud and showery rain moved in.

During a two and a half hour visit around Migrant Alley, the Ashes Lane Fields and the Greenhouse Grounds, I found very little of note, for the Summer species I recorded 2 calling CHIFFCHAFFS, 2 skulking COMMON WHITETHROAT, a single LESSER WHITETHROAT, a single BLACKCAP, a couple of dozen SWALLOWS and four SWIFTS. Flyovers from a lone GREYLAG GOOSE, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and 4 HERRING GULLS wasn't much for my 40 minute sky watch, where a BUZZARD was also seen, plus some of the KESTREL family were watched as they hunted around the general area.

Hopefully something will turn up for the July list during the months final visit tomorrow, although the tally so far, of 64, is the same as last July, it is 2 species short of the mean average tally for the previous 5 Julys' and 7 species short of the best ever July tally. Past regulars found during July, but not this, include ; Yellowhammer, Turtle Dove, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher, the latter still hasn't been added to the year list yet, will this be the first year I don't see one at Pittswood ?

No photo's......again!

Friday, 29 July 2016

A grey, warm and humid morning with bits of drizzle from time to time, brightening up later in the day.

The last two days have not produced much to blog about on my patch, apart from another pair of WHIMBREL that flew over Migrant Alley on Wednesday morning.

Today I carried out the 10th and final 'full patch walk' for July, which was amazingly quiet, birdwise, great difficulty was had to even reach the modest day count of 45 species. A fortunate encounter with the first mixed feeding flock of the Autumn, in the scrubby Woods area, gave me most of what was seen there, with LONG TAILED TIT, GREAT TIT, BLUE TIT, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and CHAFFINCH all tagging along together. I also saw the years first young BULLFINCH, the 41st species to be confirmed as successfully bred on my patch, this is probably the last I will confirm as such, but Little Owl and Tawny Owl will go down as probably bred, making for a breeding species list of 43, two less than last year and and 5 less than 2014, actual numbers of those species that breed are falling here too, that's habitat destruction at work  :-(

BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL appeared for the raptor species, while HERRING GULL and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL represented the Gulls. A flyover GREY HERON and a SWIFT were the only noteworthy species to do so.

Still not much luck on the photographic front, just another Beautiful Demoiselle shot to show, plus a Lapwing that I photographed at Bough Beech Reservoir yesterday afternoon, where it was very queit also!


Beautiful Demoiselle


Dozing Lapwing