Not a lot was of note this afternoon - except of couse this now endless SW wind. I walked over to migrant alley, visited the wet 'Odonata ditch' on the NW boundary of my patch, and had a walk round the college grounds.
Migrant alley had SWIFT, SWALLOW and HOUSE MARTIN, all hawking for insects, the Swallows at times coming to alight on the ground to take prey. Two SKYLARKS hung on the wind, throwing out a stream of trilling that was snatched away almost immediately by the thieving wind. On the paddocks 25-30 LINNETS fed on the dandelion seed heads, and I was pleased to see also see the first fully fledged STARLINGS in the sheep pasture.
I paid a brief visit to the wet ditch to try to find some Odonata, but it was too windy there, so I went to have a look over at the more sheltered ponds in the College Gardens. I was more successful here, finding some Large Red, Azure, and Red Eyed Damselfies.
On the way back, I again visited Migrant alley, and was surprised to see another Med. gull, most probably one of the same ones that visited on sunday. The only raptor seen today was a SPARROWHAWK.
Below are some damselfly pics. first is an Azure damselfly
Below is a Large Red Damselfly