Back to work today. :-(
On the way in however, I did locate one of the young SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS calling from a shrub at the college grounds, one of 3 new August birds seen today. As walked home across migrant alley, the second turned up, and one I have been looking forward to seeing, a WHINCHAT, this has to be one of my favourite summer migrants to pass through my patch, they come through most Autumns, in varying numbers, from late July through to Sept, and virtually always through the same area at Migrant Alley. 3 Migrant species in as many days now!
I was straight out after having something to eat and drink, and collecting my camera. I wanted to try to photograph the whinchat, which I relocated in the same area of weedy ground along the Maize edge, left by the pipeline works. I could only get within 30yds of it, but got a few record shots. Also in the weedy edge, were 5 SKYLARKS at least a dozen LINNETS and a couple of PIED WAGTAILS. A walk round the rest of the maize crop ddn't produce any more exciting migrant species, but a couple of TURTLE DOVES were on the fenceline. A little later I did some skywatching, and added the 3rd new species for the month - a COMMON BUZZARD, always exciting to watch these go over!
Above. The Whinchat. A far off photo, but you can see the salient features. The Turtle dove (below) didn't allow too close an approach either!