At Migrant Alley, no fewer than six YELLOW WAGTAILS were found in one of the horse paddocks, and more were heard flying over as I walked the College Grounds, their distinctive call giving them away. A TREECREEPER was heard here too, one of at least 4 heard today around my patch.
More passage migrants were seen along the Tall hedge that divides Migrant Alley from the Greenhouse Complex, a WILLOW WARBLER, four CHIFFCHAFFS, two BLACKCAPS, at least 6 WHITETHROATS and best of all my fourth WHINCHAT of the month were all busy feeding on the Elder and Blackberries.
I at last came across a flock of LONG TAILED TITS in a large Oak in the Small Holding, they were joined by more Chiffchaffs, and another Treecreeper. Over at the lakes and Scrubby Woods, things were a little quieter, but plenty of Blackcaps were seen, as was a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, I didn't see any at the College Grounds this morning, so it was good to catch up with one here, they don't usually appear in this area.
A quick afternoon visit around Migrant Alley had the same result as yesterday, with a WHEATEAR found sitting on the fence line ( the same bird as yesterday?) plus two BUZZARDS soaring overhead. 47 species for the day was a few down on yesterdays big haul, but 58 species for the weekend is very acceptable :-)
Above and below, the Wheatear from this afternoon - I remembered my camera this time :-)
The small Butterflies that live in the Tree Nursery were still very evident, although they are looking a little worn now.