Friday the 13th, an auspicious day, supposedly unlucky, but for me it turned out quite the opposite, for as I walked to work across Migrant Alley, the first WHEATEAR (70) of August was seen, sitting upright on a fence post as bold as you like, all that checking of the paddocks and pasture has paid off at last, this species takes the months total to 70, equal with that of last August and that of 2008, just one more species will take the August record :-)
Also of note going into work, was a WILLOW WARBLER and two families of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, seen in the College Grounds, i'm not sure where the second lot came from.
Walking home from work I saw that the Wheatear was still where I had seen it earlier, so I hurried home for my camera. On my return I was dismayed to see that there was a dog walker going right past the spot where the wheatear had been, I checked the fields, and paddocks, but the bird had gone, why cant people walk thier dogs in the park !
As I fruitlessly seached the fence posts, I could see the sky becoming ever darker as a rain shower approached, a small flock of 5 HERRING GULLS went over, and a SPARROWHAWK zipped past and into the Greenhouse Copse. Looking up to check the approaching weather, I saw a PEREGRINE circling high and the first spots of rain hit my face, I had one final look across the fencelines and posts and saw a KESTREL drop down, then made a quick exit for home, to avoid the rain.
Once home, I did a bit of garden watching, and took some photo's of the mass of GREENFINCH feeding on the sunflower hearts, there were at least 40 of them, then the rain came and most of them moved off for cover.
I did manage a few photo's whilst out on my short patch visit, there were a few Common Blues around the Greenhouses, where it was sheltered from the wind