Thursday, 8 September 2011

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.

Little Owl




Green Veined White


Marianne said...

Stunning Little Owl shot! Lovely to see the Wheatears and Whinchats too.

Alan Pavey said...

Really like the Owl shot Warren and that month list is creeping up, I haven't counted mine yet I'll let you know, somehow I don't think it's over 50 yet!!

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Marianne :-) It was a very fortuitous sighting!

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Alan,
Believe it or not i'm still trying to find the likes of Pheasant and Mistle thrush! All the Greylags seemed to have stopped moving through my patch too!

Jason K said...

Sounds like you had a good day Warren...Little Owl was definitely a bonus. I havent seen mine for a few weeks since the fledged their youngster

Wilma said...

You really captured the spunky attitude of the owl quite well, Warren!

Anonymous said...

You`re pulling away again, Warren.

Nice set of images, again.

Bob Bushell said...

What a winner, the Little Owl.

Stringer said...

Wow, little owl !! Gimme gimme gimme !!

I'll do you a swop for it, what would you like.... ?

Warren Baker said...


Hmmmmmm....a swap for a Little Owl eh? Well, how about a nice flyover GODWIT species :-)

Stringer said...

It's a deal... Blackwit coming your way !!