I made a circuit of the paddocks and sheep pasture at Migrant Alley first thing, just in case an early migrant had dropped in, but it wasn't to be, only the LINNETS, STARLINGS, WOODPIGEONS and Corvid flock were seen. Over flying HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED and SPARROWHAWK were also noted, along with the local SWALLOWS, no Swifts were seen today though, I suspect they will be few and far between now, as they are leaving the country slowly but surely.
I checked the remaining habitat at the Greenhouse Grounds, just two WHITETHROAT were seen for the summer species, but plenty of ROBINS, DUNNOCKS and BLACKBIRDS foraged around on the now bare earth, a SONGTHRUSH also joined them for a while, as did a PIED WAGTAIL. Whilst looking over the devastation there, I noted that a few new Oaks and a Silver Birch had been planted, and a gully had been opened up allowing a pool of water to collect, just a couple of feet in diameter, but it's something!
I spent a short time over at the Scrubby Woods and lakes, the best sighting was of the MANDARINS, the same four I saw the other day, a GREY HERON was also seen though. I looked across to the paddocks that are adjacent to the lakes, not a place I often look over, as I cant get access, but it looked good for a passage ''Chat'' maybe i'll take the time to look across more often at Migration times. There were lots of GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE out there though, a mixed gaggle of of least 50 were seen.
In the Scrubby Woods it was generally quiet, but some BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF song was heard, plus the calls of NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, BULLFINCH and COAL TIT.
On the walk back home I saw two BUZZARDS low over the Wet Woods, being mobbed by a KESTREL. I also stopped in the Small Holding to photograph some Butterflies.
After failing to correctly Identify a Brown Argus a couple of days ago, I have made amends and am certain this is one!
Underwing shot to confirm
There were plenty of Common Blue Butterflies about as well, plus a few of these Small Coppers