Only a short 90 minute walk around the Maize, paddocks, and sheep pasture at Migrant alley was had today. I needed to be back home for 08:30 as the good wife and I were going out with friends.
Initially all was quiet, but things picked up a bit once the sun warmed the chill, damp, Autumnal air. A lone TURTLE DOVE flew low and fast in a southerly direction, off it goes to Africa, lets hope it can dodge the continental mad-men and their guns. This may be the last record of Turtle Dove this year, the mean last sighting date is the 22 Aug, but the latest ever sighting is the 1st Sept.
A walk round the maize provided me with the usual fare of SKYLARK, LINNET, and the odd PIED WAGTAIL, most of the latter were still in the greenhouses waiting for the automatic roof windows to open, stupid bird-brains cant work out that some of the side windows have now been removed to add more ventilation, so they could get out if they looked!
I scanned the horse paddocks and was pleased to see two YELLOW WAGTAILS feeding right up around the horses hooves collecting the distubed insects, it's been a very good month for Yellow Wags. I was looking all the time for Wheatears and Whinchats, but none of these scarce passage migrants were seen today.
Back round the maize and off towards home, I was in time to see the Pied wagtails leave their overnight glass prison, I counted at least 110, plus another two Yellow Wags that must have roosted with them.
Back to work tomorrow, so its a return to the less productive afternoon visits.
Below is a GOLDFINCH taking an early morning drink
This is a Male CHAFFINCH, taking in a bit of sunshine.