My early walk around Migrant Alley was, as yesterday, quite birdless, as far as bird numbers were concerned, but species wise the notebook was kept ticking along, with the likes of BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, WHITETHROAT, and a fly through HOBBY, which woke up the local SWALLOWS :-)
With a circuit of Migrant Alley completed, I peered over the boundary hedgerow into the Greenhouse Grounds, where a couple more Chiffchaffs, another Whitethroat, and another Blackcap were seen, but I was in the right place at the right time, as the Greenhouse windows started to automatically open and out flew 30-40 PIED WAGTAILS, plus in among them were at least 4 YELLOW WAGTAILS, one of which perched on the roof, calling loudly before flying off SE. I was just going to move on, when a movement ahead of me on the fence line caught my attention, this turned out to be a brilliant little WHINCHAT (48) nice to get one on the September list :-)
Whinchat. I could only get to about 25 meters of this one, it was very wary!
I left the Whinchat to feed up, and headed for the Scrubby Woods to try and find the common species for the months list that were not seen yesterday, I didn't find Long Tailed Tit, Mistlethrush or Pheasant, but at least got the TREECREEPER (49), two of which chased around a large Oak. I checked the lakes whilst there, but only a GREY HERON was of note.
I then headed off home for a snack and drink, which I ate in the sunny part of my garden whilst I watched the busy feeders. A COAL TIT was seen, grabbing sunflower hearts from the feeder a sign of Autumn when they come back to the feeders.
Coal Tit back in the garden
I was soon back off to Migrant Alley for a sky watch, on the way, passing through the Greenhouse Grounds, I found a WILLOW WARBLER (50) to bring the September list to 50, one of those lovely lemon yellow ones :-)
My sky watch was quite productive, with lots of BUZZARDS about, hard to say how many, but the most seen together was four, a SPARROWHAWK was also up hunting and another Hobby flew through. HERRING GULLS and the first BLACK HEADED GULLS (51) of the month were seen as they flew over from time to time. Small parties of HOUSE MARTINS flew over as well, with one party were a couple of SAND MARTINS (52) a good species for the September list. The only other notable flyover was from a CORMORANT, I wonder where the Kestrels were today ?
From my seat I had also been watching the Whinchat as it flitted along the Greenhouse Grounds hedgerow and back out onto the fence line at Migrant Alley, never coming near for a decent photo, but as I had it in my binocular view, some 50 meters distant, I was elated to see it joined by a REDSTART (99,53), fantastic!! A real bonus bird for my year list in any year and takes this years tally to 99. I tried to get a bit closer, in order to get a record shot, but both birds went to cover in the Greenhouse Grounds before I'd hardly moved!
I did snap a Chiffchaff as some kind of compensation