Friday, 8 October 2010

A lovely sunny Autumn day today, once the fog cleared, which it did quite rapidly, just enough to see a CHIFFCHAFF at Migrant Alley as I walked into work.

Coming home this afternoon I saw what may prove to be the years last record of HOUSE MARTIN, as 6 flew S over the College Grounds. Nearing home 2 BUZZARDS were soaring low over my house, a great sight to see.

After lunch, I headed out for a trip around Migrant Alley, and to do some skywatching as it looked good for raptors. The circuit of the fields and paddocks was not as exciting as yesterday, the Stonechats have moved on already, but I did see 20 or so MEADOW PIPITS, and a YELLOWHAMMER, unfortunately little else was seen, due to a woman with no less than 5 dogs, all of them off the lead and charging about everywhere, while the super gobbed woman was shouting at them all, I hoped she enjoyed the countryside .

Fortunately this didn't affect the skywatch, which was well worth the effort when first 3 LAPWINGS (60) flew over, then seconds later a PEREGRINE (61) did likewise, two more for the October list ! The hoped for Lesser Black Backed Gull wasn't seen, but 5 BLACK HEADED and 3 HERRING GULL went over, as well as a GREY HERON and a flock of 7 SKYLARK.

I left Migrant Alley, and walked up the side of the Maize Stubbles in the Pub Field, where another Chiffchaff was seen, but little else of note. Going into the Tree Nursery I did a short Skywatch again, and saw the KESTREL, a few more Meadow Pipits, 2 LINNET, 4 PIED WAGTAILS and around 50 STARLINGS feeding on the Laurel berries again. I decided to walk through the small shrubs and trees, just to see if I could find my first Redwing skulking around, but no, it wasn't a Redwing I found, but a WHEATEAR (62), this is quite a late one on my patch, but not the latest, that title goes to one found on the 23 Oct back in 2003.
The months list is getting a real crack on now, 62 is the fourth best October tally, and is just 6 behind the record, set in 2008 and 2009. I mustn't get carried away though, it could all come to a screaming halt very soon :-)

Below are a few shots of the Wheatear, I love 'em :-)



Below is an attempt to capture the Peregrine as it went over.





10 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

The Wheatear is one of my favourites, you got it brilliantly.

ShySongbird said...

I saw a Wheatear at Draycote again recently. I think they are lovely little birds, Great shots of it, Warren!

Well done on the 62 :)

Kelly said...

...love the shot where he's looking directly at you! He seems to be looking you over and giving you the all okay.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Warren - see you've got a link to a lad who watches Upton Warren one of my lad's fave sites when his missus lets him go that far.

Cheers

Davo

Jason K said...

You've had a good day by the looks of things Warren. The Wheatear is a stunner...I can never get fed up of seeing them either. Glad you got your Lapwings, now give them back ;-)

Stewart said...

Your Ouzel was an omen Warren, I had my first for the patch tonight...

Mike said...

Stunning pics Warren they really are a great bird to see, hope I can back to taking some pics soon. Mike.

Chris said...

67, wow! You're right about the wheatear, the pictures are splendid!

Pete Woodruff said...

Enjoyed the read, pic's, and - just as much - the comment about the 'motormouth' female with five dogs....oh please!!!!

Dean said...

Two good days on the trot Warren. Getting a bit greedy aren`t we ;-)

No seriously though, well done on what looks like another record breaking month.