Thick fog shrouded Migrant Alley as I walked through it to get to work this morning, but I did spot a small bird flitting up the hedgerow in front of me, which turned out to be a LESSER WHITETHROAT, a bird on passage no doubt.
This afternoons visit was a productive one. I returned to Migrant Alley, as I had already noted 2 more WHINCHAT and a WHEATEAR whilst walking back through from work, I was hoping to find maybe a Redstart had dropped in with them, and so give me the one more species I needed to make this month the best ever for species recorded, but it failed to show up :-)
Anyway I cant complain at 2 Whinchat and a Wheatear! Great records for my patch. As well as those two passage migrants, I also found a SEDGE WARBLER in the Greenhouse Complex, this could have been the one in the Boundary Hedgerow I saw yesterday afternoon, either way it's only the third one seen this year, all in this month, and made up a brilliant trio of visiting migrants - well happy with that. :-)
Well the last visit of August was a good one, and reflected the month as a whole, here are some August stats.
Species recorded - 78 joint best ever monthly tally ( equal with Sept 2009)
The combined species total for all Augusts is now 84. A much more realistic total than the 77 I started with, which put it in last place, now it's in joint 5th place with July.
Birds recorded this August and not in previous Augusts were -
Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, Marsh Harrier, Coot, Lapwing, Greenshank, and Tawny Owl.
The August mean species count is now 65.9, showing just how good this month was.
Photo's today are: The Wheatear................
...............and below, the Wheatear again, with his travelling companions the Whinchats. Quite something to get them all together like this! If you click on the photo and enlarge it, you can appreciate the exquisite markings on the Whinchats back, - even thought the photo is pretty rubbish.