A taste of summer was had today, the temperature at 07:00 was already in the mid-teens, and the birds were active much earlier as a result. A TURTLE DOVE was seen again, this one flew low and fast south, and a small brown warbler flew from the maize, but I couldn't get onto it quick enough for an ID, probably a Sedge warbler. Thats all I had time for as i walked in to work.
This afternoon it was hot, so I left my walk until much later than normal to avoid the heat, there wasn't any activity at Migrant Alley as I walked back from work anyway. I got out around 16:00 and scanned the fields and maize, but nothing was about today, even the PIED WAGTAILS and LINNETS were fewer than recent days. I decided to watch the sky for an hour to see what might turn up, and saw 2 HOBBIES, a KESTREL, a SPARROWHAWK and a GREY WAGTAIL all go over, but it was a quiet day today.
These PHEASANTS walked up the footpatch towards me as i skywatched, they were looking heavily in moult.