Tuesday, 28 August 2012

I had quite an interesting patch visit this morning, spending the whole of the morning out around the Greenhouse grounds and Migrant Alley with shorter visits to the Pub Field and Tree Nursery. The sun was shining, and a southerly breeze blew, making for pleasant conditions as I entered the Greenhouse Grounds.

There were plenty of birds about in the rough areas around the Greenhouses, mainly the common stuff, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, GREEN WOODPECKER, plus some summer birds were about, WHITETHROAT, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, also a line of SWALLOWS on the Greenhouses. As I walked tover to check the heap of discarded Raspberries I saw a perfect looking GARDEN WARBLER feeding on Blackberries, but a real treat was seeing not one but two SEDGE WARBLERS feeding on the Raspberry pile, while taking a few photo's of them, I spied a bird at the top of a nearby Hawthorn bush, raising my bins I found it to be another WHINCHAT - brilliant!

The sheep pasture at Migrant Alley had a YELLOW WAGTAIL feeding in it, my efforts to photograph it failed miserably, as is often the case with this species.  I walked the pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley, the first of many times this morning, but didn't find an expected Wheatear, they really are scarce here this August. Plenty of ROOKS, CARRION CROWS, JACKDAWS, WOODPIGEONS were seen, as well as a small flock of a dozen or so LINNETS, which had some recently fledged birds in with them, and at least 4 SKYLARKS were about, the daily flyover of GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE still continues, as does the flyover of HERRING GULLS.

The wooded headland to the north of Migrant Alley had a couple of screeching JAYS, and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, also the odd calling Chiffchaff. I relocated the Whinchat on a fence rail on one of my circuits of the paddocks, but no other passage migrants were found. There were at least fifty HOUSE MARTINS that passed over at one point, and I enjoyed watching the KESTREL hunting over the Tree Nursery, the only other raptor today was a SPARROWHAWK.

Not a bad collection of birds, 38 species in all, considering only part of my patch was covered today  :-)   No new ones for the month though, so I'm still seven behind the best August total.

I took lots of photo's of the Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat at the Raspberry pile today, so I'll save a few for tomorrow, as the weather looks a bit uncooperative for photography.
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Whitethroat - shame about the bar-coding!


Marc Heath said...

Certainly seems be pulling the birds in. Nice shots.

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Marc,
Just need that ''gropper'' to drop in with the sedgies now :-)

Rohrerbot said...

Love your raspberry patch shots. Nice that the birds can pick through them and enjoy. Love that Warbler:)

Jason K said...

Those warblers seem to love the Raspberries Warren! Great photos mate!

Warren Baker said...

The warblers seem to be picking at the small maggots, as well as the flies and the fruit itself, a right feast!

Dave Jackson said...

Good to meet up for a chat yesterday at the greenhouses (I'm the bee keeper) Great to talk and excellent pictures too!! Hope to see you again.

Christian said...

That's certainly a different backdrop for an image Warren! Great bird.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Dave,
I see you managed to find my blog, and navigate the pitfalls of trying to find how to leave comments!

Nice to meet you, glad you enjoyed the photo's - good luck with those bees :-)

ShySongbird said...

So that's the way to see a Sedge Warbler and not just hear them ;-) Great photos Warren.

Off to buy a job lot of raspberries now ;-)