It rained virtually all day today, the first rain for a month, so we cant complain. I got home from work soaked through, but after a brew and change of clothes I was out again. I went through the tree nursery and along the hedgerow leading to Migrant Alley, but not much was recorded - DUNNOCKS, ROBINS, a GREEN WOODPECKER and a Stoat, which scampered ahead of me along the hedgerow for a good few minutes, of course it only did this because I hadn't brought my camera out in the rainy conditions, I have never managed a photo of a Stoat!
I reached Migrant alley and the rain was a bit heavier now, and the clouds were low making for a dismall scene, however the freshly seeded field was alive with SKYLARKS, LINNETS, PIED WAGTAILS and MEADOW PIPITS, most of which were all but invisible until they started one of their chases, why do they all chase the Meadow Pipits!
I did a circuit of the fields and paddocks, and found a CHIFFCHAFF in the scrub headland, and a few CHAFFINCH feeding by the large dung heap, there were HERRING GULLS frequently flying over, with the odd BLACK HEADED GULL, and it was as I watched these that I saw at least 40 HOUSE MARTINS wheeling around in the gloom catching whatever insects were up there, they stayed around for 10mins or so then flew SW. I checked the tall hedge which was devoid of any bird activity, and the Greenhouse complex grounds had little to offer apart from a SONGTHRUSH, more Robins and Dunnocks and a JAY. So I called it a day, wet through again! No new species for the months list today!