Saturday, 5 July 2014

The change in weather duly arrived this morning, with wet and windy conditions taking over. I waited for the worst to clear before having a quick mid morning sky watch from my seat over at Migrant Alley, where just a few HERRING GULLS, a couple of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS and a GREY HERON were noted going through. The SWIFTS and SWALLOWS were feeding up high, enjoying the windy conditions, as were the mixed flock of corvids that got flushed up from the sheep pasture every now and then by something unseen by me, a flock of at least 35 STARLINGS were also noted on the paddocks.

Behind my seat, at the Greenhouse Grounds, the KESTREL family made forays out over the surrounding area, whilst in the grounds the usual suspects of GOLDCREST, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, CHIFFCHAFF, PIED WAGTAIL, GREEN WOODPECKER and LINNET were to be seen, as well as the more common stuff like WRENS, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS, BLACKBIRDS, SONGTHRUSH, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, GREAT TIT, BLUE TIT and HOUSE SPARROW.

I made another sky watching attempt around 14;30hrs, but much the same was seen as the morning watch, I was hoping for a Hobby or a Peregrine, or maybe a sighting of the RED KITE (58) that was reported to me, flying over on Friday evening, (thanks for that JF),  i'll include it in the July list of Pittswood birds, all records welcomed, Red Kites have been recorded flying over in each the past 5 months now  :-)

The weather looks to be better for tomorrow morning, so a full patch walk should be in order  :-)

The cooler and windier conditions meant photography was put on hold today, just as well ive got the Banded Demoiselle images to post from yesterdays visit  :-)

Male Banded demoiselle

I only get the occasional Banded Demoiselle visiting my patch each year

So it was nice to get a pair visiting

Female Banded Demoiselle

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