During the 4 hour patch walk, just 41 species were recorded, so it was another below par visit for an August day, it was however not without its highlights, the best of which was seeing 2 YELLOW WAGTAILS fly over the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, where I watched over 100 GREYLAG GEESE and at least 60 CANADA GEESE fly over the same fields in varying size skeins, not quite as exciting as Yellow wagtails, but an awesome spectacle to behold as they noisily fly low over :-)
Most of the warbler activity centered around the Greenhouse Grounds, with at least 7 WHITETHROATS, 3 BLACKCAPS and 2 CHIFFCHAFFS seen, they were accompanied by the regular residents of BLACKBIRDS, SONGTHRUSHES, WRENS, DUNNOCKS, ROBINS, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH, GOLDFINCH, a single male BULLFINCH, as well as BLUE TITS GREAT TITS, LINNETS, a GREEN WOODPECKER with 2 young in tow, and a GREAt SPOTTED WOODPECKER. Once again, as on previous mornings, I could here a YELLOWHAMMER singing from behind the Greenhouse Copse in the High House Lane area, also a COAL TIT sang from an adjacent large garden. Just one KESTREL was seen around the Greenhouses today.
My visit to the Scrubby woods via the Small Holding and Wet Woods was undertaken with the high hope of finding those two species that should be on the months list by now, but aren't, namely Long Tailed Tit and Mistle Thrush, but still none were found, in fact the only birds added to the daylist from these parts of my patch were JAY, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, MOORHEN and a lone flyover BLACK HEADED GULL.
Just one photo was taken this morning, that was of this Wren, one of a family party seen at the Greenhouse Grounds.
|Immature STARLING just getting its adult plumage|