This afternoon was dull, overcast and dreary, being cooler than of late it felt like a mild November day, but with the drawback of it being July, there was more of the day to endure :-( Oh! that's not very positive of me is it!
I made just a short trip out to the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley, not very inspired, but hopeful of maybe finding a Mistlethrush or flyover Buzzard for the months list, two species that should eventually be found, just not today! I did however find my third target species, a fantastic little HOBBY (56) which was chasing SWALLOWS around the tall hedge by my sky watching seat, it was hard to tell who was chasing who, with a dozen Swallows mobbing the falcon as it went after the young Swallows, the adult birds doing just enough to deter the Hobby from getting lunch :-) The Hobby eventually rested on a fence post some 30m from me, but there was a low bush between it and me, and as soon as I moved to get a camera angle on it, off it went.........so nearly my first 'Hobby at rest' shot!
That was about it for the afternoon visit really, the KESTREL family are doing well, but the young evade all my attempts to get a photo of them. A LINNET was seen nest building in the Greenhouse Grounds, and both the BLACKCAP and WHITHROATS continue to sing.
I'm in desperate need of some inspiration now to get me out on my patch after working all morning, a nice early passage migrant ''chat'' would do the trick :-)
The BLACKBIRD photo's at the top and bottom of the post were taken last week, thus emptying the Blog photo folder again, need some sun for some Butterfly action, talking of which, anyone seen any 'Gatekeeper'Butterflies yet ?