Yet again the weather was fine and settled, if a little cool this morning, and it was frustrating to have to go to work!
Nothing much of note to see across Migrant Alley or the College Grounds as I walked into work this morning, although a MALLARD that flew over had me scanning it excitedly, any other duck species would be a good sighting on my patch :-).
On the way back home from work, I scanned the fence lines and posts and came up with just the one WHINCHAT, which I wont complain about. After lunch I was back out at Migrant Alley, and although I re-located the Whinchat, it got flushed up by some walkers and flew to the middle of the Sheep pasture, where it mixed with the MEADOW PIPITS. Moments later one of the farm workers drove round the fields, then drove all the way back again, then a dog walker came through!
All this disturbance was putting me out of my rhythm. I like to sit and watch, then stealthily move about, getting into the mood of the place, but today I just couldn't get into the swing of it :-( . A SPARROWHAWK that continually soared and hunted over the fields didn't help matters, and after an hour I gave up and headed off home to regroup, and dig out some enthusiasm.
A big mug of tea, and a sit in my garden watching the feeders, usually does the trick. I'll be out again early tomorrow morning :-)
In between sips of my tea I took these photo's of the Blue Tits.