Saturday, 22 September 2012

As anticipated, this morning was cool and clear for the full patch walk, the visit lasted for 5 hours and produced a tally of 44 species, but quite a few common species went unrecorded, Bullfinch, Pheasant, Skylark, and both Greylag and Canada Geese among them.

Warblers, as expected, are now very thin on the ground, two single male BLACKCAPS were seen, one at the Greenhouse Grounds, the other over at the Scrubby Wood, and just one WHITETHROAT was found, this being at the Tree Nursery, however CHIFFCHAFFS were spread all over the place, with eleven birds found in all, one of them was still singing at the Small Holding area :-) The only other summer birds were a few local SWALLOWS and a couple of small groups of HOUSE MARTINS that passed over Migrant Alley.

Other notable species were a KINGFISHER at one of the ornamental ponds in the College Grounds, a group of three flyover CORMORANTS that flew over Migrant Alley, where a GREY WAGTAIL was also seen going over, plus 6 MEADOW PIPITS on the pasture/paddocks. Raptors today included the usual three species, those being KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD.

Despite some nice light today, photo's were hard to come by, but the Meadow pipits again obliged, as did a Chiffchaff  :-)
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit


Marc Heath said...

Nice blue sky in those shots. You won't be seeing that tomorrow I doubt!

Warren Baker said...

I doubt it too, but the wind direction may bring a new species for the Month/year :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

More photographic excellence with the Meadow Pipit again Warren....Great stuff.

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Pete,
Not much else stayed still :-)