|Migrant Alley - Looking SE from the NW corner ( Photo taken yesterday in the sunshine!)|
After something to eat, I decided to venture out to Migrant alley again, it was grey and dull, with a raw north wind, I wanted to check the wooded headland there to see if any Turtle Doves had arrived as this is the only place along with the Scrubby Woods that I record this species. Walking up the main footpath besides the paddocks, I again spotted a Wheatear, but this one was a female, the male was further out in the paddock, two Wheatears, very nice! I managed a photo of the female, in some pretty poor light and it didn't allow close approach, the male would have been a much nicer subject, but he stayed even further away. Also in the paddocks was a flock of around 30 LINNETS, two MISTLE THRUSH, and a three PIED WAGTAILS.
I spent some time looking around the Tree Nursery, where both LESSER and COMMON WHITETHROAT were heard, plus the usual GREEN WOODPECKERS, but it was generally quiet here, so I made my way over to the Greenhouse Grounds for a final look round, which proved very fortuitous, I heard the ''hueet hueet'' call of what i thought was initially a Chiffchaff, but Chiffchaffs dont often call like that until the Autumn, so I checked out where the call was coming from and found it to be my first patch REDSTART (91, 51) of the year, a cracking male too, this a real good species for my patch, especially to have one in the spring, this is just my third record of a spring Redstart, and the first seen in May :-) Chuffed to bits with this one, such a stunning looking bird, shame I couldn't get a photo of it, despite much waiting for it to show properly, in the end it flew over into the Tree Nursery. An excellent visit this afternoon, this is what it should have been like in April!