I ended yesterdays post saying 'an evening visit' would be had, well I did go out, and it turned out to be the best part of the day by far. Upon arriving at Migrant Alley the first thing I saw was 20-30 PIED WAGTAILS feeding on the 50yard swathe of bare earth left by the pipeline works, as I walked along the edge of the swathe and the maize crop I saw a COMMON WHITETHROAT, it was as I tracked it for a photograph, I heard the distinctive call of a YELLOW WAGTAIL, then another! The first ones of the Autumn, I was well pleased, this species is not at all common inland. What really rounded off the visit was finding the third WHEATEAR this month, a cracking visit!
Back to today, and back down to earth, two afternoon visits to Migrant Alley were made, the earlier of the visits from 13:00 to 14:30hrs. The only birds of any note were a SPARROWHAWK upsetting the local HOUSE MARTINS, SWALLOWS, and PIED WAGTAILS, these then all banded together and pestered the hawk until it got fed up and left. The other bird of note was a HOBBY that sped low over the Greenhouse Complex, great to see.
The latter visit from 16:00 to 18:00 did not fare any better, just the Sparrowhawk, still trying to have a hirundine tea! Maybe I should have stayed longer, as yesterday evenings migrants species weren't seen until 19:30, but I had things to do at home.
Update on the months total ( especially for Monika !) The migrant Yellow wagtails brings the total for August to 58, thats still 12 behind last years best august total, however, as of today i'm off for a week, so i'll have plenty of full visits to my patch, i've only had one full walk round so far this month and the likes of Grey Heron, Lesser Whitethroat have yet to be found!
Here's some rather poor photo's of last nights migrants, it was getting dark!
Above: Yellow Wagtail, not very yellow, as it's an immature bird, hatched this spring. Below, is the Wheatear - I love 'em!