I only visited Migrant Alley, the Greenhouse Grounds and the Scrubby Woods today, still hoping to add something to the months list, which is just 2 short of the highest July tally, surely with the 12 year combined species list for July on 89, something will turn up :-)
A circuit of the Fields and Paddocks of Migrant Alley didn't produce an early passage migrant, instead, I again enjoyed the spectacle of well over a hundred Geese in the sheep pasture, split 60/40 GREYLAGS over CANADA. All the regular species were also seen there, ROOKS, JACKDAWS, CARRION CROWS a few MAGPIES and WOODPIGEONS, plus a dozen LINNETS flitting between one of the paddocks and the fence rail. 30-40 SWALLOWS were whizzing around the area, with a few HOUSE MARTINS, and higher up small numbers of SWIFTS were moving through.
The Wooded Headland and the Greenhouse Grounds could only muster one CHIFFCHAFF, one BLACKCAP and the WHITETHROAT family between them, I was hoping, maybe, for my first migrant sedge Warbler of the year, they dont turn up every year here though.
A forty minute skywatch from my seat, now hoping for a fly over Cormorant that didn't materialise, did give me great views of a PEREGRINE as it flew in low over the sheep pasture and half heartedly lunged at a young Rook. HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS passed over, as did a SPARROWHAWK, a YELLOWHAMMER was heard singing from High House Lane 400 meters away, and more of a surprise was hearing, then seeing, a TREECREEPER move along the tall hedgerow behind my seat.
The visit to the Scrubby Woods also failed to get me a new species for the month, the hoped for Turtle Doves that were there in June seem to have gone now, and a migrant Garden warbler wasn't forthcoming :-( The lakes didn't provide any cheer today either, just more Canada geese ! Even the Coot family look to have moved on now, they havn't been seen for two days.
All can change though, and with 2 visits still left for July, i'm still hoping i'll add something to this months list :-)
Whilst in the Scrubby Woods I found some insects to photograph, that kept me bust for an hour, it wasn't easy with the wind blowing the way it was ;-)
|There were three or four of these about, but they were very wary and hard to approach|
|Eventually one settled down though|
|They aren't a Common species here at all now|
|I got lucky with this Purple Hairstreak, it was nice and low on a bramble :-)|
|Brown Argus, a female i think :-)|