Of the summer species, CHIFFCHAFF were the most numerous, they were seen at the College Grounds, Greenhouse Grounds, and Scrubby Woods, a single WHITETHROAT was seen at the Greenhouse Grounds, with a lone BLACKCAP, 4 more were seen at the College Grounds, and another single was found at the Scrubby Woods. There were a dozen local SWALLOWS over Migrant Alley, which briefly mixed with passage Swallows and HOUSE MARTINS, before the latter moved through. The final summer species noted were at least 2 YELLOW WAGTAILS, one flew over Migrant Alley, the other over the Tree Nursery.
MEADOW PIPITS featured strongly during the walk, their calls were continually heard as they passed over, other flyovers noted today were few, just a GREY HERON, and dozens of HERRING GULLS. The KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK were the only raptors that showed this morning, but a cheer went up from me as I added KINGFISHER (67) to the September list, one fortuitously flew under the wooden bridge that crosses the College Stream just as I passed over it :-)
I took a few photo's of the common birds, as they showed well in the sunshine :-
|This immature ROBIN was feeding at the Raspberry dump, it wont be long before he looks just like the Robin below :-)|