Wednesday, 7 August 2013

It was cooler than of late this morning, with an overcast sky, A LITTLE OWL called from the Small Holding as I left the house at 06:00hrs, but it was, in general, very quiet first thing.

I spent the whole visit trying to find a possible migrant, searching the Greenhouse Grounds, Migrant Alley, the bean Fields and then back down to the Ashes Lane Field. Alas none were found, even the migrant Chiffchaffs and Willow Warbler that were here yesterday had moved on.

There was a single CHIFFCHAFF at the Greenhouse Grounds though, probably locally bred, along with the WHITETHROAT and BLACKCAP families, the latter was feeding a youngster still. Up above, there were at least 70 SWALLOWS circling in tight formation, and as I watched a HOBBY flew close to them, but didn't succeed in catching one, the same or another Hobby was seen later over the Bean Fields, as were a skein of 32 CANADA GEESE, with the BARNACLE GOOSE in with them.

HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, GREY HERON and another skein of Geese flew over, this time GREYLAGS  44 of them. The KESTREL family were still hunting around the area, with a BUZZARD and a SPARROWHAWK also being seen, it made for another four raptor species day.

Another GREEN WOODPECKER with a youngster was seen in a garden adjacent to the Ashes lane Field, but apart from the GREY WAGTAIL at the water intake over in the Greenhouse Grounds, it was very quiet, not at all as good as yesterday, maybe it will be all change again tomorrow  :-)

Very few Butterflies were on the wing in the cooler cloudier weather, but I did see another Clouded Yellow Butterfly go past me at Migrant alley.

Back to the Blog Folder for photo's today, I didn't even get to point the camera this Morning. So here's a few garden bird images I've been taking this week.
Its good to have HOUSE SPARROWS back in my garden
A couple of family parties are visiting the Sunflower feeders
Will they get fed up with the Sparrowhawk attacks that happen regularly and move on?
The GREENFINCH eat their way through the Pyracantha Berries before they are ripe.
I'll never get a winter Waxwing in the garden all the time they do that!
16+ BLUE TITS are coming in, emptying the feeders at an alarming rate now


Marc Heath said...

The famous blog folder, always there to help out. Tomorrow looks better for a few photos, well that's what I'm hoping anyway.

Warren Baker said...

Generally something of interest turns up Marc, whether its a photographic chance is another thing :-)