Wednesday, 18 July 2012

There was none of yesterdays warm sun today,  and the afternoon was distinctly cool, with a chilly wind and grey skies. Spits of rain were blowing in the wind as I set off out for Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds at around 14:00hrs, where not a very pleasant hour was spent out.

As I entered the Greenhouse grounds, a few Meadow Brown Butterflies were seen, what hardy little flutters these are, they were the only butterflies seen today. I soon heard the ''Ki Ki Ki Ki'' call of the KESTREL family, they were at the end of the Poly Tunnels, so I sneaked along one of the tunnels, and on poking my head out the end, saw 3 Kestrels on adjacent posts just 30m  away, but as soon as I raised my lens they were all off!  I wasn't quite sneaky enough  :-)  The light was poor anyway, so i wasn't too despondent at missing them, then as a consolation I heard the high pitched calls of a WREN family, these were much easier to sneak up on  :-)  I have posted lots of Wren Photo's recently, but as they were the only birds on offer today i'm afraid it will be more of them!

Recently Fledged Wren
I noticed a BLACKCAP nicking the raspberries in the Poly Tunnels, then flying off into the nearby hedge to devour them, then a few minutes later I watched a WHITETHROAT doing the same, while along the floor of the tunnels BLACKBIRDS, SONGTHRUSHES and DUNNOCKS helped themselves to fallen fruit.

Recently Fledged Wren
I took myself on a circuit of Migrant Alley, hoping against hope really that an early Whinchat or Wheatear might be found, but the weather doesn't feel right just yet, if you know what I mean  :-) I did see a few small groups of GOLDFINCH and LINNETS, plus the big flock of mixed ROOKS and JACKDAWS, around 100- 125 birds in all. Ten - fifteen SWALLOWS fed on whatever they could gleen over the sheep pasture, and just a single SWIFT flew over, heading west, the only other flyovers were Gulls, those being BLACK HEADED, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED. A CHIFFCAHAFF called from the wooded Headland, but there was no sign of any TURTLE DOVES there today.


ShySongbird said...

Lovely Wren photos both here and on the other page Warren, you can show as many as you like as far as I'm concerned :-)

'Spits of rain'!! We've had torrential downpours this afternoon :-(

Warren Baker said...

Songbird, Heavy rain just arrived :-(

Glad you enjoyed the Wrens though :-)

Greenie said...

Warren ,
I reckon those juv. Wrens look upon you as part of their family by now .
Think you are going to be scuppered again today weather-wise .

Gary Jones said...

Some great photos Warren, love the Wrens, looks like you get a great diversity of garden visitors!