Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Nothing much has changed on my patch from yesterday. This afternoons visit to Migrant Alley was dominated by BLACK HEADED GULLS, 150 or so followed a tractor that was again harrowing the bone dry field. 6 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL were also around, but the HERRING GULLS left early for some reason.

Not a single summer visitor was seen, not even a Chiffchaff, and the long staying Wheatear seems to have left as well. That left me with the residents, LINNETS, PIED WAGTAILS and SKYLARKS of which a group of 20 flew through. The large flock of corvids moved around the fields and paddocks, I think they were spooked by the large female SPARROWHAWK that went over a few times!

Thats about it - no more species to add for the months list, and with just one more day left, the tally will probably remain on 78, but that is one good september total, i'm well pleased with it, such birds as Marsh Harrier, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and Redstart made it probably the most enjoyable month so far on my patch.

Above: Black Headed Gulls on the bone dry field.

Above: Adult Black headed Gull. Below 1st winter Black Headed Gull ( I told you today was Gull dominated!)


Anonymous said...

Those flying shots are really nice for me to see. I seldom have a chance to get flying shots as my backyard is very small.

ShySongbird said...

I wonder why I never see Linnets, I thought I had one the other day, there was definitely a bird in the hedgerow which I snapped and on the preview it looked like it could be a Linnet! When I got it on the computer there wasn't a bird to be seen anywhere in the darned hedge and the pink I had seen was a leaf :(

Very nice flight shots Warren and you have had a great month.

Anonymous said...

Good luck for the last day of the month, Warren.

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
78 species for a month, that's quite correct for me knowing I've just seen 86 for the whole year in Iceland ;-)
So what is your total for the year then! I think I've reach 159 if I include my two trips to France. I hope to reach more next year as I'm supposed to make a trip to Marocco for work ;-)
It looks like we are exchanging wheatears time to time.. I've them again :-)

Jann said...

Real nice flight shots; amazing how many different types of gulls there are. Sounds like a good bird total for Sept., congrats.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Warren: What a great shot of the gull in flight.