Dense fog at Migrant Alley, visibility was down to 30m in places
I did the last full patch walk of June anyway, but it was pretty hopeless in the conditions, just 40 species were recorded in 4 hours, that's worse than yesterday, and that was bad enough!
I found one of the SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS at the College Grounds, and had some close views of it, the photo's were pretty rubbish, as no manner of Camera adjustments could defeat the poor light.
The Nuthatch below was found over at the Scrubby Woods, it was with a flock of LONG TAILED TITS plus a few BLUE and GREAT TITS and a TREECREEPER - this was the highlight of the visit!!
At the end of the walk I went over to Migrant Alley, it was 9:30 and the fog had lifted into high cloud, allowing me to do some skywatching, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew over, as did two MISTLE THRUSHES, the first LINNET of the morning was found in the Greenhouse Complex behind my seat, where also a family of BLACKCAPS were chasing around, 14 SWIFTS were feeding high up, I left soon after with 44 species on the list, well down on what it should be.
Half an hour after being home the cloud broke, and hot sunshine poured through, I'd been cheated somewhere along the line!!!
Just look at the blue sky behind this WOODPIGEON that I photographed in the garden
This CHAFFINCH, also in the garden was lapping up the sunshine
After a bite to eat, and a cooling drink, I decided to go over to the Scrubby Woods for a Butterfly watch, I found quite a few about too, the 3 White species were abundant, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood, and loads of Small Skippers were about, plus a Meadow Brown every few yards, but best of all was the Purple Hairstreak, below.