A change in the weather for this afternoon, it was overcast, dull and windy, not good at all for Butterfly recording, very few were on the wing, just a few large and small Skippers, a couple of gatekeepers and some Meadow Browns. The birds were few and far between too. I had an hour out around Migrant Alley, but there was very little to see, even the mixed corvid flock had moved elsewhere!
The ever obliging KESTREL did appear though, and hunted around the Greenhouse Complex, a group of 5 HERRING GULLS and a lone LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew over, headed West. The WHITETHROATS have started singing again from the Tree Nursery Hedgerow, and the LESSER WHITETHROAT was also seen along Ashes lane, where a section of Hedgerow has already been flailed to bits by the the local farmer, who cuts, slashes and burns anything he's asked to, ( for the right price of course ). I know that that a BULLFINCH was nesting in the cut section, that's now gone, along with god knows what else!
The July months list is already stalling, its on 55, still three behind the lowest July total, recorded back in 2004, but there is still half the month to go :-). Thing will pick up soon......hopefully .........
Being on a bit of a loser out on my patch this afternoon, I went to look at the best habitat on my patch - my garden :-) As usual it was crammed with finch's Tits, Doves Pigeons, BLACKBIRDS, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS and the like, but not one Starling. Here;s a few photo's of the regulars.
First up a Male Blackbird, that's learned to use the tube feeder.