This post is my 1000th post!! So it would be appropriate for something special to be seen on my patch this afternoon, but alas, life isn't quite like that :-(
Early morning fog prevented anything being seen across the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley as I walked to work, but the first LONG TAILED TITS for some time put in an appearance in the College Grounds.
This afternoon it was warm and muggy again, a trip over to the lakes and scrub was a very quiet affair, just 2 MALLARDS on the main lake, and the scrub had a scolding WREN, and a 'ticking' ROBIN, other than that it was all hot and sleepy.
As I walked over to Migrant Alley, I passed the edge of the Wet Woods, and had the fortune of at least meeting a varied feeding flock of birds, including COAL TIT, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER and CHIFFCHAFF. I was hoping to hear a Marsh Tit call, I heard the call yesterday, but didn't add it to the months list as I need to see it to confirm that it wasn't one of the skilful Great Tits mimicking the call. If it has come back to spend the Autumn / Winter on my patch again, I should meet it at some point this month :-)
I walked up the edge of the Maize Crop and checked the 'wild area', and wow! It was full of small butterflies, Common Blue and Gatekeeper mostly, but also a few Brown Argus and Small Coppers, a truly stunning sight to see, every step through the grass brought up more butterflies. The roe deer, which either likes the Maize crop or cant get out of it, jumped up in front of me and bounded away into the maize, which nearly necessitated in an early return home for fresh underwear :-) It has been in there for months now!
I sat, watched, and waited at Migrant Alley, but it was devoid of birdlife, far too much disturbance going on still, not least by dog walkers again, one young lady had no less than 4 unruly animals, but it was her loud gob shouting at them that caused much of the disturbance :-)