|Comma Butterfly - Still a few flutters about in this spell of fine weather|
On the way home, I again scanned all the posts and fences, but didn't locate the Wheatear, so headed off home to fill my rumbling stomach and slake my thirst. Half hour later I was back out at Migrant Alley, and had no sooner assumed my position on my seat, when I saw two distant WHEATEARS on a fence line, excellent, I do love 'em :-) I tried to sneak up on them for a photo, but they were not as approachable as the recent Wheatears have been, but I got some record shots. Once I had a photo, I scanned the paddocks and found a small brown bird flying across, it alighted 50 meters away on a fence line, where it revealed itself as a fantastic little WHINCHAT (61) I like these even better than Wheatears, but I just couldn't get anywhere near for a photo, so I left it to feed in peace. Three species for the months list, that's good going, and some really nice patch species at that :-)
I returned to my seat, and watched the 'chats' at a distance, as well as keeping an eye on the sky, this produced a pair of hunting KESTRELS, a BUZZARD and a SPARROWHAWK, as well as a few high up HOUSE MARTINS and SWALLOWS. After 40 mins I decided to have a bash around the Greenhouse Grounds, I turned to give the sky one more scan after leaving my seat, and was just in time to see an OSPREY (62) go right over my seat, where I had been one minute earlier! Wow! What a brilliant patch find, a bit miffed about missing the photo opportunity, but i'll live with that :-) This is the first year that I have recorded Osprey in both the Spring and Summer Migration periods, and is only the fourth year from eleven that I have had an Autumn sighting of this brilliant raptor :-)
In a happy frame of mind I looked through the Greenhouse Scrubb, but the only summer species found were a WHITETHROAT, and two CHIFFCHAFFS. I could hear a tractor in the Pub Field, and thought I go and investigate, on the way a group of 6 SKYLARKS dropped into the sheep pasture.
Arriving at the Pub Field I found the tractor had just finished Harrowing the stubbles, and on the field were a group of 70-80 Gulls, most of them HERRING GULLS, but a lone LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL was with them, as well as 16 BLACK HEADED GULLS, also a group of 30-40 ROOKS were feeding with them. I moved on to the Tree Nursery, where all was quiet, until the familiar ''seep seep'' calls of MEADOW PIPIT (63) were heard, I scanned the sky, and indeed, 3 Mipits dropped into the long grass, yet another one for the months list!
Now that was some days patch watching! September really is a magic month :-)