At 07:30hrs I visited the paddocks and sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, where I was pleased to see a WHINCHAT feeding from the wooden fence lines, the third one this month :-) The STARLING flock on the sheep pasture had swelled to over 500, and was continually on the move as it foraged across the fields, rain soon moved in, and I headed off home again :-(
Around Midday, it looked to be brightening up a bit, so I took a look around the Greenhouse Grounds, there I found 2 BLACKCAP and 2 WHITETHROAT, but little else. I had my camera on me, so went to find the Whinchat seen earlier in the day. A YELLOW WAGTAIL called as I made my way across the sheep pasture, then the rain started again! I was dtermined to get some kind of photo of the Whinchat so carried on, all the while keeping my camera out of the rain under my coat!
I found the Whinchat, but was extra pleased when I also saw that a WHEATEAR had joined it, that soon took flight on my approach however, and headed across the other side of the paddock, but I did get a few record shots of the Whinchat, just before the heavens opened.
Having got my record shots, I took shelter under a tree, and as I watched the rain my visit was made even more worthwhile when I spotted a SNIPE (70) going over, a good addition to the months list, and the first one recorded for any August :-)
I made a quick dash for home once the heavy rain eased, and on the way saw the KESTREL on the Greenhouse roof, as well as noting a flock of 20+ HOUSE SPARROWS on Ashes lane, the most seen for some time, when I looked to see what had attracted them I found the Lane had been sprinkled with spilled wheat from the trailers that whizz up and down the lane at this time of year :-)
|Whinchat, Migrant Alley is giving me some Autumn Migrants at last|
|Finding a Whinchat ( with a Wheatear) is worth getting wet for any day!|