After work this afternoon, another trek around the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley was undertaken, but I also gave the Greenhouse Grounds a good looking over, as well as the Tree Nursery.
Four of the five WHEATEAR that were present yesterday were again quickly found, as was one of the two WHINCHATS that was also here yesterday, they gave some opportunities for some distant photo's, but again the light was pretty poor.
Another bird that likes to sit on the fence was also photographed, the LINNET, a flock of 40 or so were feeding in the rougher edges of the paddocks. GOLDFINCH'S are on the increase here too, where ever a thistle was growing, a Goldfinch seemed to be on it! At least 35 were found.
Plenty of the local SWALLOWS were feeding overhead, and a small group of 30ish HOUSE MARTINS moved through. Whilst watching the sky, HERRING GULL, BLACK HEADED GULL, and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen going over, and the raptors were represented by a pair of SPARROWHAWKS, and a KESTREL.
Towards the end of my 3 hour visit, I was photographing the Green Veined White Butterfly (in the last photo) , when from the hedge behind me, a LITTLE OWL (56) flew out and alighted up in a tree, giving me just enough time to get its photo :-). I managed to add one further species to the months list - a WILLOW WARBLER (57), It was seen in the Greenhouse Grounds, a scarce species here, and only recorded on spring and Autumn passage now.
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