My patch beckoned though and I set off out in some early morning sunshine for a walk around Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds, where a few nice birds were found. The Greenhouse Grounds had a BLACKCAP, a CHIFFCHAFF and two BULLFINCH feeding in the same Elder tree, with 4 WHITETHROAT feeding in some nearby brambles.
Out on the pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley, migrants were fewer than recent days, but a YELLOW WAGTAIL was seen out among the horses, with another heard, then seen flying over later in the walk. Another WHEATEAR was seen sitting on a fence line, but it didn't stay long and flew off high to the south, not to be seen again. A HOBBY flashed through, upsetting all the SWALLOWS and two KESTRELS were up hunting over the area.
Making my way across the nearby Ashes lane Fields, I watched at least 4 SAND MARTINS and 8 HOUSE MARTINS flying in amongst the Swallows, the drainage ditch that runs the length of the fields was home to another 2 Whitethroat, plus a family of DUNNOCKS.
I had a quick look around the Scrubby Woods and lakes today, but little of note was found, a Chiffchaff had found its song, as had a GOLDCREST, both NUTHATCH and TREECREEPER were heard to call, as was another Bullfinch and a Blackcap gave some quiet sub-song. The lakes were home only to the regulars today, those being the MUTE SWAN family, the COOT pair, at least a dozen MOORHEN and 2 MALLARDS.
I was soon back over at my seat at Migrant Alley, watching the sky, but it was rather quiet today, a SPARROWHAWK was seen up hunting, and 4 BUZZARDS were interacting low over the Wooded Headland to the north of the paddocks, eventually alighting in an Oak tree there. A string of HERRING GULLS went over, but apart from a few local PIED WAGTAILS, LINNETS, GOLDFINCHES, and lots more Swallows not much else was noted.
A few images from this morning.......