The opening day of the month proved an unremarkable one. September can be a good month on my patch migrant wise, and the total species list for the combined Septembers is 81, so it should be possible to see a varied assortment of birds - just not today!
The walk to and from work was silent, apart from the ROBINS, they have found their voices again these past few days. This afternoon I walked to the lake, just a dozen MALLARD there, with DUNNOCKS, Robins, BLACKBIRDS and the mix of Tits in the scrub area. I walked back through the tree nursery, nothing here but 3 GREEN WOODPECKERS, and the small pool of water just up from the nursery had just 2 MOORHEN on it, picking a living from the ever diminishing water level. Up the hedgerow leading onto Migrant Alley I again wondered why nothing was on the berry laden Elder and Blackberry bushes, however I did see a SAND MARTIN go over, battling against the strong SW wind. I looked over the hedge and across into the Barn Owl roost, but it wasn't home. Migrant Alley was all but empty, even the usual LINNETS were few, only the SWALLOWS and PIED WAGTAILS showed in any number. It can only get better from here on!!
Green Woodpecker at the tree nursery