Tuesday, 11 September 2012

This mornings walk into work was the most productive part of the day, in the 30 minute walk a BLACKCAP was heard at the Greenhouse Grounds, then walking Migrant Alley my first YELLOWHAMMER (66) of the month flew over, calling loudly as it did so, what a poor reflection on this species status on my patch that I have to rely on the odd flyover to record it  :-(

Another few meters along Migrant Alley and a LESSER WHITETHROAT was seen in one of the hedges, while a scan of the fence line gave me two more superb WHEATEARS. A couple of BLACK HEADED GULLS and a GREY HERON were also seen as they flew over.

This afternoon I tried to find the Wheatears again at Migrant Alley, they almost always hang about for a day or so, but not this time, there must have been much disturbance here this morning  :-(  The rest of my walk was very very quiet! I crossed the Pub Field, but just Feral Pigeons were seen, then the Tree Nursery was scanned but just a couple of GREEN WOODPECKERS were found, it really was eerily silent out there this afternoon. I revisited Migrant Alley, and scanned all the fence lines, but nothing was found. Retiring to my seat to watch the sky I fared little better, a few passage HOUSE MARTINS along with the local SWALLOWS was all I could muster, although the KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK were both seen up hunting.

I finished up by staking out the raspberry dump at the Greenhouse Grounds, where a few WRENS, DUNNOCKS, BLACKBIRDS and ROBINS were seen, but more of interest was a couple of CHIFFCHAFF, a WHITETHROAT and a very tatty moulting Blackcap. A bit of a bonus on the walk home was seeing two HOBBIES flying low over the Greenhouses.

I managed a few shots of the Warblers on the Raspberries, but the light was going by then.
This Blackcap wont thank me for showing him at his most unattractive  :-)
Blackcap, in full moult


Phil said...

That Blackcap looks a sorry sight Warren. Nice to be seeing a few migrants. Unfortunately I can't get out much at the moment so i'm missing them all.

Warren Baker said...

Hi phil, not a good time to be unable to get out :-(

Pete Woodruff said...

I take it all these birds use the raspberry dump as a food source Warren.

Rohrerbot said...

I think about all those delectable raspberries. At least some of the birds know where to go for dessert:)

Fleetwood Bird Observatory said...

Cracking shots as always Warren. Are there a few brown feathers in the Blackcaps crown? It must be a juv then.



Warren Baker said...

You would be right Pete, the Raspberries make good eating for the birds, but so do the Flies that are attracted, and then the maggots that hatch out on them :-)

Warren Baker said...

I did notice the last of the Juvenile feathers on the Blackcap, probably a local bred bird :-)