Dull was the weather, and dull was the walk in to work, followed by more dullness when I walked back home again!
I thought about doing a garden birdwatch for the afternoon, but the thought of maybe missing a migrant tempted me back out again. I walked through the tree nursery, and saw nothing but a GREEN WOODPECKER, the Barn Owl wasn't home, and the hedgerow leading up to Migrant alley had just a DUNNOCK in it. At Migrant Alley itself my hope of a migrant or two were not fourth coming. The cretin shooter was again blasting away, across the valley 300m away, I looked through my bins at where he had placed his decoy birds, and saw a pigeon, spiral down, the sound of the shot reached me a second or two later, the poor pigeon fell to the ground and flapped about for a minute or so, not quite dead. I hope the bloke has a fatal car accident on the way home. Harsh ? well we all have our own opinions.
Anyway, his shots put up, in my estimation, over 1000 Corvids. ROOKS, JACKDAWS and CARRION CROWS filled the sky, ive never seen so many! The only other birds of note today at Migrant Alley were the LINNET flock, the STARLING flock, over 100 strong, and a dozen or so PIED WAGTAILS. Lets hope things improve tomorrow, and this stubborn cloud breaks up a bit!
Mixed corvid flock. This pic shows just a section of them, I couldn't get them all in the frame!