Friday, 21 September 2012

Not much to see as I walked into work this morning, but a TREECREEPER singing at the College Grounds was a cheerful sound  :-)

Once again after work, I concentrated on Migrant Alley for a couple of hours, where I found two WHEATEAR  probably yesterdays birds, but you never know really, they were extremely wary however, and I was unable to get a photo of them. There was no sign of the Whinchat this afternoon, nor were there any Yellow Wagtails about, but the three small small flocks of LINNET, GOLDFINCH and MEADOW PIPIT were still feeding in the pasture/paddocks, around 15 of each species were present, also in the paddocks were a mobile flock of STARLINGS, around 120 of them fed erratically and warily, not surprising as the SPARROWHAWK came over three times whilst I was there!

Two JAYS made forays out onto the paddocks from the wooded headland, as did two adults and an immature GREEN WOODPECKER, each clinging to a post of its own, before dropping down to feed. The only flyovers noticed today were a lone GREYLAG GOOSE and two each of HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS, the HOUSE MARTIN passage of the last few days had slowed to a trickle of birds, with even fewer SWALLOWS with them, once again the only Warbler seen today was a CHIFFCHAFF, that was in the adjacent Greenhouse Grounds, where two KESTRELS were also seen, up on their respective hunting perches.

Tomorrow mornings full patch walk looks like it will be a cold and clear start, and Warblers will be few, if any, but that could be made up for by an Autumn migrant or two being found, a Lapwing flying over, or maybe a Reed Bunting would be nice, and take the months list into the 70's.

Just one species was photographed today, the Meadow Pipit :-
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit


Pete Woodruff said...

Albeit the only species photographed today, your selection of the Meadow Pipit does you proud Warren....Excellent.

Marc Heath said...

Maybe a few birds tomorrow Warren in the sunshine. It supposed to be very nice.

Rohrerbot said...

One species but excellent shots. Love the second pic. Looks like rain is falling down behind it:)Happy birding this weekend.

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photos Warren, I don't think I've ever managed a photo of one that isn't on the ground.

Also lovely photos on yesterday's post, fun ones of the Yellow Wag.