Saturday, 29 August 2015

Early cloud slowly broke up to give some sunny intervals this morning, when it felt very pleasant without any wind.

I spent a couple of hours around Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds first thing, where a few bits and pieces were found. The 50 + GOLDFINCH flock in the Greenhouse Grounds were joined by at least 8 GREENFINCH and 3 LINNETS, plus nearby, 3 CHIFFCHAFFS, 3 WHITETHROATS, 2 BLACKCAPS and a WILLOW WARBLER, only the third of the year, were all seen. The excitement for the visit though, was provided by the first Autumn sighting of a MEADOW PIPIT (74) the earliest Autumn arrival of this species for my patch, by 2 days  :-)

Immature Goldfinch

........and another

Overhead, notable flyovers from a single CORMORANT, a skein of 6 CANADA GEESE, a couple of HOUSE MARTINS, a HOBBY, 2 BUZZARDS, 1 KESTREL, 4 BLACK HEADED GULLS and 2 HERRING GULLS were seen.

As I left for home I came across this cracking Clouded Yellow Butterfly in the Greenhouse Grounds.

I didn't have my Macro lens on me, but the 100 -400 lens did quite a good job

The shorter patch visit made it possible for me to take time off and visit Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, where I spent some time in the Willow Hide photographing a few bits, i'll put those up on later posts.


Marc Heath said...

Cracking Clouded Yellow. The lens certainly performed well here.

Warren Baker said...

I'm pleased with the versatility of the 100-400mk2, not quite as good as the Macro, but then you wouldn't expect it to be :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

The Clouded Yellow....WOW. You make me sick Warren, you know that don't you!!

Warren Baker said...

Sorry mate !