The most obvious birds today were the MEADOW PIPITS at Migrant Alley. There were at least 50 flushed up from the maize stubbles as I walked into work, they had been joined by 30-40 LINNETS by the time I walked back home.
This afternoon I was going to go to the lake area, but I could hear chainsaws coming from over that direction, so it was the usual trip round the maize stubbles, and paddocks at Migrant Alley. I spent a couple of hours wandering the fencelines and fields, but there were no passage migrants about, well, only the Meadow Pipits, but they are only what I call ''Local'' migrants. In the end I sat and waited and watched. Both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK thought that a Pipit would make a good snack, but both failed. The latter made several attempts at the STARLING flock as well (some 250 birds) sending up all the Pipits, Linnets,ROOKS, JACKDAWS and CROWS, there were birds everywhere! A HOBBY came through twice, and joined in the chase but fared no better. Other birds seen around were GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, JAYS, just 1 CHIFFCHAFF and a couple of Gull species, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACK.
Above and below: A Hobby over chasing Meadow Pipits over the Maize stubble