The days fine weather ended about 13:30, I got in from work at 13: 25. The moment I closed the door behind me, a large clap of thunder heralded a torrential downpour, did I do something really bad in a previous life ?
Half an hour later the rain eased, but the next storm could be seen on the horizon, I had just enough time to walk round the tree nursery, but in the rush to beat the storm little was seen, a WHITETHROAT was scolding me from the hedge, it's young were probably hidden there, a GREEN WOODPECKER flew up off the floor, and 3 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS flew west, the usual DUNNOCK, ROBIN, BLACKBIRD, WREN and busy SWALLOWS were also about, alas though I had to beat a hasty retreat back home when the rain came in again.
I had another short venture out at 17:30, this time to migrant alley and the fields behind the greenhouse, I only had an hour and the highlight of the visit was watching both a KESTREL then a SPARROWHAWK get chased out of town by the joint forces of Swallows and PIED WAGTAILS. Something spooked up around 100 ROOKS, 20-30 STARLINGS, and 20 or so Feral Pigeons from the other side of Migrant Alley, it could have been one of the local peregrines but I didn't see it.
Not a very good wild-lifing afternoon, lets hope for better tomorrow.
Below is a photo of one of my Peanut feeders, BLUE TITS were all over it!
You can see how dark it got as the thunder storm approached, in this LINNET photo.