It wasn't much fun being out at Migrant Alley this morning, the wind blew in squally rain across the sheep pasture and paddocks, where a lone BLACK HEADED GULL sat, but the flyover LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULLS didn't come in to join it.
I decided to stay where I was rather than visit the other parts of my patch, in the hope of seeing something nice pass through, and at one point I was sure I heard a Yellow Wagtail call as it flew over, I did see a speck high up that was wagtail like, but with the noise the sheep were making as they were fed their morning rations, I heard no more calls, so didn't record it :-(
After that the weather closed in gradually, but my sky watch produced a few bits of interest, including a few MEADOW PIPITS heading NW, mostly singles, but two groups of 8-12 were also seen going over. A trio of GREYLAG GEESE and a lone CANADA GEESE flew east, a SISKIN was heard as it flew over, plus the raptor pairs of KESTREL, BUZZARD and SPARROWHAWK were all seen.
The only summer migrant species seen were 3 SWALLOWS and a CHIFFCHAFF at the Greenhouse Grounds, plus the female BLACKCAP that was back in my garden :-)
This April has started off a bit disappointing really, despondency is creeping in! So tomorrow i'm off for an away day with a friend to visit a few local reserves :-) This is the third consecutive day I have failed to get any images, poor weather and lack of opportunities are to blame, so rather than have 3 posts with no images I have dug out an archive photo..........
Blackcap, from a proper spring!