Another ''on the way to work'' bit of bird news, a PEREGRINE was seen sitting on top of the electricity pylon at Migrant Alley this morning. I suspect the Turtle Dove had no say in having his songpost taken over :-) Around 35 SWALLOWS were mobbing the Peregrine, which just looked on as if they were pesky flies!
This afternoon, after a particularly hard mornings work, I felt pretty tired, (at least i've now got the next week off) and I only managed to drag myself over to my skywatching seat at Migrant Alley, there I sat, watching and waiting, and almost nodding off at times as the the hot sun beat down. Not a single raptor was seen to go over, just a single immature BLACK HEADED GULL and two HERRING GULLS gave any interest. Behind me, in the tall hedge, a DUNNOCK and ROBIN were calling, and behind that, in the Greenhouse Complex Grounds a WHITETHROAT was scolding. An hour later it began to cloud over, and the wind got up, making it feel fresher, giving me the energy for a quick walk round the horse paddocks before going back home. This turned out to be a fortunate decision, for as I scanned along one of the fence lines, I spied the first Autumn WHEATEAR (62), to visit Migrant alley, this is an early one! The only other July record of this welcome Migrant was back in 2003, when an exceptionally early bird turned up on the 12th.
That takes the months total to 62, a much better total than I thought I would get a week ago ! This month now moves on to joint 5th (out of nine) in the July rankings.
The only photographs I took were of this Holly Blue Butterfly
.............and this Bank Vole that was below my garden feeders