I gave myself an extra hour in bed, ( like that would cure me!) before setting off out, but I got as far as a circuit of Migrant Alley when my weak will caved in, and I opted for a sit down on my sky watching seat for a couple of sneezy hours :-)
I saw another WHEATEAR though, in one of the paddocks, and moving through the Greenhouse Complex Grounds on the way to my seat I saw two WHITETHROATS, this is the latest date I have recorded for this species. Also here, was a BLACKCAP and two CHIFFCHAFFS.
My two hour vigil on my seat was quite good really, ending with a total of 41 species, there will be full patch walks this winter that wont get that many! Highlights, were the passage of hundreds of HOUSE MARTINS, amongst which I picked out a SAND MARTIN. Four Raptor species were seen BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK, PEREGRINE and KESTREL, whilst out in the sheep pasture at least 6 MEADOW PIPITS and a dozen SKYLARKS were to-ing and fro-ing.
Other flyovers included GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 2 GREY HERONS and more of a surprise, the sound of SISKINS going over. The HERRING GULLS, BLACK HEADED GULLS and a single LESSER BLACK BACK GULL rounded off the skywatch, and as I left for home a LITTLE OWL called from the Greenhouse Copse, and two BULLFINCH'S flew from Greenhouse Grounds.
Not too bad a visit considering .
The Sparrowhawk below was in the tree at the end of my garden, looking for an easy lunch. The STARLING and ROBIN were along Ashes Lane.