I soon located the Wheatear, however they were too far out in the paddock to photograph, but when I counted them this time I found there were now five! I moved down the paddock fenceline a bit, to get more of a view across the field, I counted the birds again, and this time I found 7!! Blimey, it's a Wheatear fest, the highest peak count on my patch in the ten years of recording :-)
As I couldn't get any photo's of them, I finished the circuit of the paddocks and fields, finding the regular STARLING, LINNET, and mixed Corvid flocks, I also watched a KESTREL sitting on a fence post eating it's just caught rodent prey, again too far for a photo. Finding nothing more, I moved on to the Tree Nursery and Pub Field, the latter was devoid of birds, but the Tree Nursery had a party of LONG TAILED TITS, and with them was a CHIFFCHAFF, the Long tailed Tits, as normal, came close enough for a photo, and whilst doing that two SWALLOWS flew over.
I tried again and Migrant Alley, to see if the Wheatear where perching up on the fence rails, but they were too busy feeding today, I watched their 'run-stop-run' feeding tactics for a while, then counted them once again, unbelievably there were now eight, I checked twice more just to make sure, and yes the were 8 Wheatear! I might have been less surprised if we were in Aug. or Sept. when most of the Wheatears pass through here, but to see this many in October is quite something :-) Eventually one of them came near enough to the fence line for a photo, but it was still a bit far off.
I made my way home in an attempt beat a heavy looking shower heading my way, and picked up 7 HOUSE MARTIN against the backdrop of the black clouds, a little later, to top off the afternoon, my first sighting this month of one of the local PEREGRINES (58) was had as it floated low over the Greenhouse Complex.
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