I thought the overnight thunder storm combined with the shower activity first thing may have brought a passage migrant to the Greenhouse Grounds, or the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, but a good search of each didn't turn up anything, in fact there was very little to be seen, even the ROOKS were down in numbers!
The CHIFFCHAFF, plus the family party of BLACKCAP and WHITETHROAT were still feeding up in the Greenhouse Grounds, and the young KESTRELS were practicing there flying skills over the area. Its interesting to watch the Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and Whitethroats continually checking the Elderberries, which are well late in ripening this year, normally this would be their staple diet for fattening up, I reckon it will be a week to ten days before any fruit ripens though.
|Chiffchaff at the Greenhouse Grounds|
The showers continued to rattle through every few minutes, but they were short lived and didn't really drop much rain, so I walked back over for a sky watch from my seat at Migrant Alley. I saw plenty of HERRING GULLS going over, as well as 4 BLACK HEADED GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, the highlight though was seeing the PEREGRINE (55) powering its way low across the sheep pasture. I walked another circuit of the fields and paddocks, as at this time of year a Wheatear or Whinchat could drop in at any time, alas, just not today. As I scanned the fence lines there was a brood of 4 recently fledged SWALLOWS sat on one of them, a second family I suspect. Not much else was noted before I headed home for breakfast/dinner, just a few small parties of SWIFTS moving through.
|Recently Fledged Swallow|
|Unfortunately I had my 300mm/extension tube set up on the camera by now|
|I removed the Tube, but the 300mm lens isn't as good as my 500mm lens|
|I was glad of the 300mm/extension tube set up now!|
|Clouded Yellow, a superb Butterfly to get here :-)|