Friday, 12 September 2008

It was much fresher as I walked to work this morning, and as I walked along Ashes lane towards Migrant Alley, ROBINS were already up and singing, a BULLFINCH flew from the hedgerow and a loose flock of 7 HERRING GULLS flew over the greenhouses.
In Migrant Alley there was a WHEATEAR in the paddocks, while at the college grounds, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST and 2 MISTLE THRUSH all called.
On the way home from work I again scanned the paddocks and found 3 WHEATEAR, I had a brief look then hurried off home for my camera. As I was passing the greenhouses a HOBBY circled low over head, giving some good views - like they always do when you've not got the camera!
After woolfing down a sandwich and gulping down a drink, I was off out to catch up with the Wheatear. I found them where I had last seen them, depite a dog walker allowing his 4 dogs to run all through the maize crop. I sat and waited, and hoped for a Whinchat to turn up, but alas it never did. A couple of CHIFFCHAFF were chasing around in the Maize, and a BLUE TIT scolded me from the top one of the plants. I was there for 2 hours in some pleasant sunshine and saw a Red Admiral butterfly, the first for weeks and a couple of tatty looking Meadow Browns. Also a Common Darter. I wonder if I missed anything during the morning! I feel sure something would have been with those Wheatear when they came in!!

Above: A Common Darter
Above: A Blue Tit in the Maize crop

Above : One Wheatear

Above : Two Wheatear

Above : Three Wheater!
I looked back over the years at Autumn Wheatear sightings and found. - :
2002 - one record, in Aug (one bird)
2003 - 4 records, from Sept. 4 to Sept. 28 (peak 4 birds)
2004 - 9 records, from Aug. 7 to Sept. 15 (peak 2)
2005 - 3 records from Aug. 13 to Sept. 18 (peak 2)
2006 - 11 records from Aug. 14 to sept 20 (peak 3)
2007 - 27 records from Aug 5 to Oct 23 (peak 2 )
2008 - 10 records from Aug 11 up to today (peak 3)
In 2003 I went part time working, so I had more visits. This probably explains the rise in sightings in the later years.


darrell j prest said...

ruddy darter i think?

Simon said...

Brilliant photos Warren.

fishing guy said...
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fishing guy said...

Warren: I enjoyed your log and explanation.

If I may, I would like to say.
One Wheatear, two Wheatears, three Wheatears, four. What a show, who could ask for more.

Dr. Sueus influence from reading to kids and grandkids.

Warren Baker said...

I thought the yellow marks on the Thorax meanta Common ? Oh I don't know, these insects are worse than Warblers!

Steve said...

I agree with you warren - i would say that it is Common Darter.