At The College Grounds I wanted to try and find a Spotted Flycatcher for the month, but they seem to have moved on now, or at least I couldn't find them if they were around, whilst searching, I heard then saw two GREY WAGTAILS (51), they flew across the gardens and alighted by one of the small water features there. The LONG TAILED TIT flock was located again, and with it were half a dozen CHIFFCHAFF, a couple of BULLFINCH were seen nearby, and at least six SONGTHUSHES were seen in a group of Hawthorne bushes, nothing much more of any note was found.
|One of the Songthrushes|
|Another speckled songster|
I checked out the Raspberry dump at the Greenhouse Grounds, and saw at least 5 WRENS, 2 DUNNOCKS, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Songthrush, 4 BLACKBIRDS and two ROBINS, after taking some more Chiffchaff photo's, I gave it ten minutes to see if anything else would turn up, and was in luck as my first REED WARBLER (53) of the Autumn appeared from the adjacent nettle bed, a real good species to find on my patch, and to get a photo of it was a real bonus, so I filled my boots!
|The next species at the Raspberry bar is.........................Reed Warbler - superb!|
I hung around the Greenhouses and Migrant Alley, and did some sky watching from my seat for the next 2 hours, seeing a flock of GREYLAG GEESE go over, but still no Canada Geese for the month, another Yellow wagtail flew over, a few house Martins and a much looked for PIED WAGTAIL, which gave me the three Wagtail species for the day, a feat only acheived once before on my patch - very satisfying :-) A LITTLE OWL called from the Greenhouse Copse, then just as I was leaving a further two Yellow Wagtails dropped into the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, the 6th and 7th of the morning.
I took a few more photo's of the birds today, i'll save them for the week ahead, but here's a couple more images of yesterdays Wheatear :-)