Once again as I walked across Migrant Alley on the way into work, I found another WHEATEAR ( or the same one as yesterday) also a COMMON BUZZARD came low over, no sign of any Yellow Wagtails today though.
I was looking forward to crossing Migrant Alley on the way home from work, to see what may have dropped in, but alas, it had turned into ''dog Alley'' as one of the stable girls walked a pack of six dogs around the paddocks.
I returned after i'd had something to eat, but things got worse, more stable girls with dogs bounding all over the place, and then two more dog walkers from the nearby dog grooming school let their dogs loose on the fields, obviously nothing was seen, so i headed off to the lake and scrub area. Here, I sat and watched the Elder and Blackberry bushes, after establishing that nothing was on the lake, not even a Moorhen!
I saw a few BLACKCAPS, CHIFFCHAFFS, BULLFINCH'S, CHAFFINCH'S, GREENFINCH'S and the BLACKBIRDS all gobbling down the berries, but nothing really of note, it's not quite the same here in the afternoons. However, just as I was going to leave, a surprise was heard, the 'hoot' of a TAWNY OWL (75) one more for the months list!
So the shortened and disturbed last visit of the month ( although I may try Migrant Alley again this evening) did produce something of note, the Tawny Owl took this Augusts total to 75, the second highest August total for the ten years, just 3 behind the record tally achieved last year. I thought maybe I would have a chance of beating that total, with the 5 species recorded this August that weren't on last Augusts list, those being Redstart, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Green Sandpiper, and Barnacle Goose, but thats the way birding is, you just dont know whats going to turn up, or not!
The combined August list for the ten years now stands at 89, whilst the average number of species for this month 67, was easily passed :-)
The only photo's I took today were from the Garden. If you enlarge the photo, you can make out it's a bird born this year, with it's true blue head feathering just coming through :-)