Nothing much happening around my patch today, this afternoons walk produced at least 5 CHIFFCHAFF flitting between the hedgerow and the maize crop at the Pub Field, but despite much scanning and waiting around, nothing was found with them. I was hoping for a Reed Warbler or Sedge Warbler to add to the months list, but the chances of finding these species diminishes with every day now, the latest date a sedge Warbler has been seen on my patch is the 22nd Sept, and the Reed Warbler's latest sighting date is the 10th Sept, but there is still a slim chance :-)
Over at Migrant Alley, both SPARROWHAWK and COMMON BUZZARD were seen on several occasions, using the warm thermals to get ever higher, giving them good views of the pasture and paddocks below, where dinner awaited, in the form of MEADOW PIPIT, STARLING, LINNET, or maybe a PIED WAGTAIL all of which were around in small groups. The local SWALLOWS were also feeding over the pasture, but the vast majority of HOUSE MARTIN seem to have moved off, only a dozen or so were seen this afternoon.
A LITTLE OWL called from the Greenhouse Copse, and a YELLOW WAGTAIL flew over the Greennhouses, calling all the while. Apart from that it was all very unremarkable today. I hope the migrant species havn't all gone through already, it's a long wait till the winter birds arrive !!