Yesterday was wet and miserable, today was frustratingly windy, and dull, with just an odd glimpse of the sun. The wind was unrelenting, not the blustery kind with calmer moments, it just kept blowing!
I couldn't hear a thing as I walked over to the lake to try to find a Kingfisher, which i failed to do, only the usual MALLARD and MOORHEN were there. The scrub was devoid of 'seeable' birds, they were driven deep into cover by the wind, and as I couldn't hear above the roar of the trees being blown around, I gave up and decided to to a skywatch at Migrant Alley.
As soon as I sat down I saw a pair of SPARROWHAWKS going over, but not much else was about, a KESTREL hunted over the Maize, until a JACKDAW chased it off, and a HOBBY came through following a small group of HOUSE MARTIN and SWALLOWS. HERRING GULLS were plentiful, as is always the case in windy weather, but that was about it. A quick walk round the Maize crop only produced a few LINNETS and PIED WAGTAILS, but the obliging SEDGE WARBLER was seen again. As I walked home up Ashes Lane a COMMON BUZZARD soared overhead. To see four Raptors on the same afternoon can't be sniffed at, and I would once of been jumping up and down with excitement at seeing a Buzzard, so I suppose it wasn't that badder afternoon - I just wish this wind would drop a bit!
Oh! I forgot to say, yesterday and today one of the MARSH TITS was at the garden feeders, didn't take them long to come in from the wet woods!
Above is a LINNET, hunkering down against the wind.
Below is the Buzzard that flew over.