My disappointment on yesterdays visit was turned to joy today, a WHINCHAT visited my patch early on this morning as I walked through Migrant Alley on the way to work, fantastic little birds! Oh, and another YELLOW WAGTAIL was feeding in one of the paddocks!
On the walk back home I located the Yellow Wagtail but couldn't find the Whinchat. As soon as I had eaten something, I was back out looking for the Whinchat, this time with my camera, but alas it had moved on. Whilst I was there - in an even stronger, more annoying wind than yesterday, plus some showery rain, 8 SAND MARTINS flew over, twice 2 were seen, then 3 together then later a lone bird, all going south. A HOBBY was seen again, as well as a KESTREL, and a GREY HERON put in a flyover appearance. HERRING GULLS were noted flying over in small groups, also 4 BLACK HEADED GULLS and a couple of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, all relishing the windy conditions. As I was leaving I scanned the fence lines one last time and saw a TURTLE DOVE sunning itself, I had to creep up on it through the wet maize crop to get anywhere near enough for a photo.
Turtle Dove - worth getting wet to get this pic.
Below: A group of SWALLOWS were preening themslves on the fence line