A heavy mist hung in the air on the way into work this morning, which limited me to very few sightings, but the one noteworthy record was a HOBBY, it flew low over the college sports field, and away to the SW, but a few seconds later it came back and alighted right at the top of a large leylandi type tree, I got some superb views, until a JACKDAW saw it off!
As I walked back from work it was obvious that nothing much was going to be happening, it was just too hot! I waited until 5pm and spent a couple of hours around the tree nursery, the small pool next to it, and the paddocks and maize crop at migrant alley. A SPARROWHAWK flew over, as I went through the nursery, all the local SWALLOWS escorted it out of the parish. Apart from that episode it was all quiet. I sat for a while at migrant alley and watched the sky, it was interesting to see 3 types of Gull, all going SW, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED featured mostly, but 5 BLACK HEADED also went over, a bit unusual for my patch in early July. A CORMORANT is also a good July record for my patch, one went north about 18:45. A useful start to the months list, Cormorant and Hobby can be elusive, and the 3 Gull types are handy, last July a total of 69 species was recorded, the best July yet, so it will take some effort and luck to beat it.
A view of the tower, from Migrant Alley,I was hoping the peregrine might show, but not today