The new month started well enough, 19 species were seen/heard on the way in to work this am, and i'm going to need every one of those if i'm going to better the record August species total of 70, reached last year. The highlight of those seen this morning, was a HOBBY, seen in the college grounds, I saw it dive down and attempt to grab a SONGTHRUSH, the thrush narrowly escaped, losing just a plume of feathers.
This afternoon I had only enough time for a short walk over to migrant alley, where I spent an hour skywatching, the wind had really picked up and just a few species were seen, HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS, SPARROWHAWK, SWALLOW, HOUSE MARTIN, PIED WAGTAIL and 3 SWIFTS always good to get this species early on in Aug. They will be leaving in droves now, going back to Africa.
Out early tomorrow, and being the first full walk round of the month, i'll be counting all birds seen, lets hope for some more of those migrants!