Friday, 24 August 2012

I never did get to 60 species yesterday, despite an hour out early evening, it really is a tall order to achieve on my patch, but i'm sure it will happen one day  :-)

This morning I was limited for time, and only 90 minutes was spent out on patch, I went around the Greenhouse Complex and Migrant Alley, and was a bit miffed at finding SKYLARK almost straight away - one that got away yesterday, then a little later two single YELLOW WAGTAILS flew over, plus two SAND MARTINS were picked up amongst the 30-40 SWALLOWS over the sheep pasture, both species that were not seen yesterday, thats how hit and miss it can be here!

There were a few warblers about in the Greenhouse Grounds, 4 WHITETHROAT, 2 BLACKCAP, 2 CHIFCHAFF, a single GARDEN WARBLER and a WILLOW WARBLER, along with a few LINNETS and a flock of 20 or so GOLDFINCH. Yesterdays Wheatear and Whinchats were nowhere to be found, nor was the Redstart, despite much searching, lets hope more arrive soon! 

A couple of BULLFINCH were heard in the Wooded Headland, along with calls from more Chiffchaff, and a NUTHATCH could be heard calling in the distance. SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL were the only raptors seen today, and the now daily fly through of many hundreds of HERRING GULLS along with a few LESSER BLACK BACKED and BLACK HEADED GULLS was observed, another daily ritual of recent times is the noisy passage of 3 - 400 GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE, quite a sight and sound!


Marc Heath said...

Love the Kestrel shot, there is something about shots like these which is magical.

Pete Woodruff said...

Seen some Common Sandpipers heading south this afternoon, so....eyes to the skies for one on your patch Warren.

Jason K said...

Wouldn't mind picking up a flyover Sand Martin at Shenstone Warren...not had one this autumn

Jason K said...

Hi Warren...I just accidently deleted your comment on my blog...doh! Your right it is a weird autumn!

ShySongbird said...

Love that Goldfinch photo Warren :-)