Many birds seem to have sensed the change in weather, and moved on, especially the summer birds, of which only CHIFFCHAFF, SWALLOW, and HOUSE MARTIN were recorded, although a passage YELLOW WAGTAIL was seen over Migrant Alley early on.
It wasn't just the Summer species that were hard to find this morning, BLACKBIRDS were few and far between, and the first one seen was the 27th species on the list, normally it's one of the first half dozen.
Two LONG TAILED TIT flocks were seen, one in the College Grounds and one over at the Small Holding, both had the regular BLUE and GREAT TITS feeding along with them, but the latter flock had two Chiffchaffs and a TREECREEPER with it.
There wasn't much else of note on a rather bog standard sort of visit, but the two raptors recorded were good ones for any patch - A BUZZARD that flew low over the Tree Nursery, and a PEREGRINE that was hunting over Migrant Alley, other flyovers, were 3 Gull species, LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING and BLACK HEADED, as well as a YELLOWHAMMER, two GREY HERONS and six SKYLARKS, which were headed SW.
As I finished the walk the first of a rash of showers rolled in, but once they passed, there were some sunny spells again, I was going to return to the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley for a second look, but I felt a bit un well, maybe the start of one of those Autumn viruses :-( So I instead took out a chair into the garden and watched the feeders, taking a few photo's of the Finch's there. It was interesting to watch a Hedgehog too, it was collecting nest material and dragging it to the bottom of the ivy covered wall, I wonder if it will over winter there ? I also noted an Emperor Dragonfly.
Below are the Garden Finch's