A brief respite in the showery, blustery weather this am, enabled me a 4 hour visit to the patch. not much was happening at all on the first part of the walk, the highlight being a MISTLE THRUSH, which gave a short burst of song, the first one seen since the 3rd of the month.
Things were little better on the farmland part of the walk, until I saw a WHEATEAR at Migrant Alley, the first one this autumn. ( One was seen on the 11th by my friend Pat. Her patch adjoins mine to the north, She was trespassing on my patch, and found one at 14:30. I was there at 15:00! where was it then ?)
Shortly after, as I passed the Stables, I heard a WILLOW WARBLER singing from a lone Elder tree. This is the first one i've had on my patch since the 8th of June.
At the college grounds, a KINGFISHER flashed past - again - but I had no chance of photographing it. Also at the college was a Migrant Hawker, the first one I have got a pic of, also a few Blue taled damselflies were about.
Above and below, my first Wheatear of the Autumn - Migrant Alley comes up with the goods again!