The storms went on until 5 O'clock, so needles to say I didn't get out, although it looks to be clearing now so I may get an evening patch visit in. The day wasn't a total write off though, I still managed to see three raptor species, a KESTREL was over the Greenhouse Complex as I walked in to work this morning, a superb HOBBY was hunting SWALLOWS over Migrant Alley whilst walking back home, and lastly a SPARROWHAWK visited the garden whilst I was attempting some photographs during the storm.
The photo's didn't turn out great in the poor light but here they are anyway;
The young GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER below, clung on to the nut feeder even in the biggest downpour, and despite the crashes of thunder - it love its nuts!!
I put this male HOUSE SPARROW in to show you the rings on its legs, it has a Purple ring on its left leg, and two Orange rings on its right, it was part of a five year ringing scheme I took part in. I can identify this bird on my records as having been ringed on the 3 October 2007 as an adult, that makes it at least 5 years old, the last time it was seen was back on the 12th June 2009, where has it been ?
There was an increase in House Sparrows generally in the garden, this Juv. was sitting in the rain waiting to be fed