I left for work this morning expecting the now autumnal, morning chill, but as I opened the front door it was pleasantly warm, with no wind. I didn't find any migrants at migrant alley though. I think they wait until the insects are up and about, before arriving at the paddocks, a theory borne out by the fact that when I went over for my afternoon visit there was a WHINCHAT and a WHEATEAR present, with a flyover YELLOW WAGTAIL it didn't drop down for a feed, now the horses have all been moved, there is probably less insects to be stirred up for them. Also seen flying over was a flock of 18 CANADA GEESE, and a little later 4 GREYLAG GEESE.
I didn't see any Hobbies today, in the two hours I spent out, but as I was leaving a SPARROWHAWK flew low and slow over the maize crop. It was being harried by 5 PIED WAGTAILS. This always makes me laugh, the wagtails throw their ''chisick chisick'' alarm call at the hawk, and the hawk moves off because it's cover is blown, but the wagtails believe they scared of the intruder, and return to their feeding in great a triumphant bounding flight.
Whinchat in the Maize crop above