I didn't venture far when I did get out, or for long, just walking a circuit of the sheep pasture and paddocks at Migrant Alley, plus a quick look at the Wooded Headland and the Greenhouse Grounds, finishing up with a 90 minute skywatch.
After the rain I had hoped for something interesting to turn up in the sheep pasture and paddocks, but no luck today, just the ROOKS, CARRION CROWS, JACKDAWS, WOODPIGEONS, were seen, plus the small flock of a dozen or so LINNETS and a GREEN WOODPECKER. A BLACKCAP and a CHIFFCHAFF sang from the Wooded Headland, but no sign of the Lesser Whitethroat today. The Greenhouse Grounds had the Blackcap and Chiffchaff also, but the two Common Whithroats seen here yesterday weren't seen. Plenty of WRENS, DUNNOCKS, BLACKBIRDS, and CHAFFINCHES were also seen, along with a few PIED WAGTAILS and a SONGTHRUSH carrying food back to a well concealed nest.
My sky watch proved a bit more interesting, with a few HERRING GULLS, 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS and a CORMORANT all being seen. A LAPWING was a bit more of a surprise, and a pair of HOUSE MARTINS were only the 3rd record for this spring. The highlight of my 90 minute vigil was seeing the first HOBBY (86,72) of the year flying through, making it a four raptor species day, with the local KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and 3 BUZZARDS also being seen. The Hobby sighting was a relatively early arrival, the 12 year median average first sighting date on my patch is the 3rd May.
Around 14:30 hours, I had another hour out sky watching, but little was found, except the brilliant sighting of a superb male YELLOW WAGTAIL, seen as it dropped down into the sheep pasture :-)
In between my two patch visits I spent some time in the garden, where surprisingly, given the cool wet conditions I found another Large Red Damselfly, which allowed some images to be taken, shame about the poor light though.
|Large Red Damselfly|
The Lesser Redpoll was ringed on the 13 November 2013 at Sandwich Bay and was at least a year old then. From there, 121 days later, it found its way to my garden which lies76km to the west, I wonder where it is now ?
|Ringed Lesser Redpoll|