Monday, 30 July 2012

Back to work today, and back to the afternoon visits, which are never as productive as a morning visit, and today proved very unproductive  :-)  I walked the Greenhouse Grounds, Migrant Alley, and the Tree Nursery, as well as my first visit for months to the Pub Field, which has got a crop of Wheat in it, this has only just become ripe and dry enough to walk through, the footpath was ploughed and planted, so there has been  no way through it without getting soaked to the waist!

Anyway, in some indifferent weather conditions, which included sunny spells and a moderate SW breeze, there wasn't much that I saw that made the notebook, just the family of KESTRELS that seem to have got back together, 2 were hunting over the Tree Nursery while 2 maybe 3 were over Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds. HERRING GULLS, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS and BLACK HEADED GULLS all went over, a single SWIFT was seen, plus the 40-60 SWALLOWS hawking for insects were ever present around me. No other summer species were seen or heard.

 With just one more patch visit left for July, it looks like being another below par month for the number of species found, more on the stats tomorrow  :-)

One of the Kestrels

5 comments:

Marc Heath said...

It looks like none of us may be out tomorrow looking at the forecast although it may have gone through by mid afternoon. Hopefully the new month will deliver.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Marc,
Fingers crossed for August. So many species havn't turned up this July that normally do, maybe it was the poor breeding this year, just not the birds about ?

Jason K said...

I've still got a ♂ Whinchat here if you want me to send it over mate!

Christian said...

Hi Warren

That's a smashing kes hunting shot mate. Thanks for your advice re. the browser. I'll update and see if that does the trick.

ShySongbird said...

Nice Kestrel shot Warren! Not surprised you tally will be down, it's such an odd year.

We went to Otmoor yesterday and got literally soaked to the skin :-( it was nice after that though :-)