There were no exciting scarce migrant birds on my patch today, however, there were a few of the commoner ones seen, but they were few in number. Half a dozen BLACKCAP were the most numerous, all seen at the lakeside scrub, just 2 CHIFFCHAFF, a single CUCKOO, ( heard but not seen), and probably best of the sightings today a HOBBY (59) my first this month.
A Common Whitethroat sang in the hedgerow border between Ashes lane and the Tree Nursery, while TURTLE DOVE, SWALLOW and SWIFT were all seen at Migrant Alley. I was listening to the Turtle Dove singing in the northern scrub, and a LESSER WHITETHROAT was heard, this is a new arrival, ive not heard one in this habitat this year, but it is a traditional territory for this species. That's about the total for the summer visitors seen this afternoon, not alot for the 1.5 Square Km that my patch covers, there must be more birds to arrive surely ? Maybe its this almost constant Northerly wind that is holding them back ? Where are the Spotted Flycathers?
Resident birds seen this afternoon included both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, a pair of LONG TAILED TITS which I watched feeding their young after I found their nest, and all the common stuff, WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, SONG and MISTLE THRUSH, with a spread of TITS and FINCH'S.
My skywatch at Migrant Alley produced SKYLARK, YELLOWHAMMER, LINNET, and two more Raptors - COMMON BUZZARD and PEREGRINE, now if the Kestrel and Sparrowhawk had shown, as they nearly always do, I could of acheived 5 Raptor species in a day, that would have been something! I bet they show up tomorrow :-)
Below is one of the Linnets at Migrant Alley
Out of the wind, and in the shelter, the sunny spells encouraged a few butterflies to show. However, they are really looking tatty now, we are in need of the new generation I think!
The Speckled Wood below isn't too bad........
...........But look at the state of this Red Admiral! This is only the second one ive recorded this year.