A five hour walk from pre-dawn offered up a good total of 48 species, with two of those being of particular note, the first was found in the Greenhouse Grounds, that being my first SEDGE WARBLER (100, 64) of the year, my 100th patch species for 2012 :-) The second was found at Migrant Alley, later in the morning, when an early MEADOW PIPIT was heard flying over, I tracked it and watched it alight on a fence line, where I got a distant photo of it, this is only the second record of Meadow Pipit for the month of August, the other record was last year which was my earliest, it arrived a day earlier than this bird.
|First Autumn Meadow Pipit|
|First Sedge Warbler of 2012|
Three raptor species were seen hunting, they were SPARROWHAWK, KESTREL and PEREGRINE, and as yesterday, large numbers of HERRING GULLS, with a few LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS moved across my patch to and from various cropped fields, also moving locally were hundreds of CANADA and GREYLAG GEESE, there noisy skeins making for a nice spectacle in the early morning light :-)
A few of the scarcer species were found in the Scrubby Woods, the likes of BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT and NUTHATCH, but Long Tailed Tits remain very elusive this month.
|If only the Sedge Warbler had given me a photo op like this BLACKBIRD did!|
|This GREY HERON was amongst the flyover species today|