I had an enforced extra hour in bed this morning, as when I awoke at my usual time it was raining - heavy rain, so heavy the sound of it hitting the house roof was reminiscent of a train thundering past!!
By 08:00 it was beginning to ease, and off to the south a bright strip of blue sky was the promise of things to come, although it didn't arrive till 08:30. I decided as I had missed the best part of the day, to go off and do my last visit to one of my BTO tetrads, for the forthcoming Bird Atlas. The tetrad takes in part of my patch to the south , so I can kill two cats with one stone. ( I know thats the wrong saying, but I like it better!!) The best birds recorded were HOBBY, which flew low over the greenhouse complex, and the PEREGRINES which were off my patch - just. A total of 37 breeding species was recorded for the Atlas.
I got back a little before dinnertime, and while waiting for my roast, I sat in the garden and took some pics, in the sunny intervals that were very welcome after the recent weather.
After dinner I visited the fields around Migrant Alley, and the tree nursery, primarily to try and find one of the Lesser Whitethroats that have eluded the june list so far. The pair at the electricity sub-station in ashes lane weren't found, nor was the pair at the scrub at the north end of Migrant alley, so they will have to wait for another day! Not much was seen really as I plodded the muddy, wet fields, a KESTREL was up hunting and a SPARROWHAWK was chasing SWALLOWS - unsuccessfully, the only other noteworthy bird was another sighting of a MEDITTERANEAN GULL, which flew south over Migrant Alley.
Not a very good weekend, I feel a bit cheated really, the weather doesn't help! I had a look at the long range forecast, and it dosn't get much better in the next ten days. :-(
Oh well, whilst the sun did come out, I took some garden pics. Below is a Male CHAFFINCH
And a Male GREENFINCH