|Misty at the Pub Field|
I did however add BARNACLE GOOSE (58) to the October species list, it had returned to visit my patch from its regular wanderings, keeping company with 3 CANADA GEESE on the Main Lake. There was an increase in GOLDCREST sightings around the Scrubby Woods, where NUTHATCH and BULLFINCH were the only noteworthy sightings today.
Over at the Greenhouse Grounds a GREY WAGTAIL was seen at the water intake area, its usual haunt, and the pair of KESTRELS were also seen in their regular positions on the wooden raspberry supports. A walk around the adjacent paddocks of Migrant Alley was made, and in the foggy conditions a few MEADOW PIPITS and SKYLARKS were noted, but as I got to my sky watching seat I saw a small bird leave the fence line and go into the Greenhouse Grounds, I quickly found it again, and was elated to see it was a STONECHAT (107,59) , Fantastic! These little beauties rarely turn up on my patch, i've not had one of these here since 2011, a very welcome year tick indeed - thats two year ticks on consecutive days, will I get lucky again tomorrow ?
I had my camera on me, but the Stonechat proved too far away to photograph, and the fog made it pointless to try really - however, a later visit this afternoon to try and get a photo was a bit more successful, I got some half decent shots, the distance and being against the light making it difficult, but any shot of a Stonechat here is worth having :-)
|It perched in the Hedgerow bordering the Greenhouse Grounds/ Migrant Alley|
|Then moving onto a favoured perch in the Greenhouse Grounds|
|The sun had gone in by now, and the bright sky made for difficult shooting|
|The Stonechat posed nicely at times, if only I was closer and in better light,|
|I cant complain really, these are the best shots I have of Stonechat|