The early visit was spent over at the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley, the female of the KESTREL pair was on the Greenhouse roof again, whilst below it, in the brambles, a pair of WHITETHROATS were scolding me as I watched them carry food to their young.
|Kestrel ( yesterdays photo, as was the one below)|
|Whitethroat, again these were taken yesterday|
This afternoon I had to wait at home for a man to give us a quote for some work on the house, but this turned out to be fortunate in the end, for as I was watching the garden feeders I had a very surprising visit from two SISKIN (49) a female and an immature bird, an excellent addition for the July list :-) This species is normally only a late autumn/winter visitor here, summer records are few, but one did flyover at the end of July last year, and an immature bird was seen on my feeders back in June 2002 which stayed around for 3 days, the only other 'out of season' record was of a pair on my garden feeders in May 2004.
I got a record shot of the immature Siskin from my window, then set up in my garden shed to await their return, but they failed to turn up again, but a NUTHATCH sat and posed nicely, before the rain set in :-)
|Siskin ( this ones been ringed)|