My walk to work today, in overcast conditions, with a cool easterly wind, felt like it might produce something nice flying over, but I was wrong ( as usual!)
The wind had picked up a bit as I left for my afternoon visit, the sky was grey, and it got darker as the 2 hour visit progressed. I walked round the Tree Nursery, then up the side of the Maize crop at the Pub Field, and saw 2 COLLARED DOVES and a WOODPIGEON -yep, that was it!!
I crossed Ashes Lane and walked into Migrant Alley, where the LINNET flock was wheeling around the paddocks, along with the Starlings, having been flushed up by a dog walker. I scanned the fences and fence posts in the hope of a passage migrant, but none were seen there today. With the cloud coming down even lower I went over to my sky watching seat, and spent a little over an hour scanning the sky, it felt quite cool sitting out there in the wind, but I felt sure an Osprey or a Marsh Harrier would come floating over - ever the optimist :-) Neither did of course, but I did get a surprise visitor in the form of a MEADOW PIPIT (71) It came over from the NW and dropped down into the sheep pasture. I always look forward to the arrival of the Meadow Pipits every Autumn, but this one was the earliest arrival by far, it being 18 days earlier than the previous earliest Mipit record back in 2009. The months list moves on to 71 now, the second best August of the ten years recording here, but still 7 behind the record tally set last year!
That was as good as it got really, the only other highlights were watching a SPARROWHAWK, then a pair of HOBBIES upset the local SWALLOWS :-)