It was pleasant enough out around the fields of Migrant Alley in the early sunshine, as the wind had eased off a bit, however not much of note was seen on the circuit of the sheep pasture and paddocks there, just the usual ROOKS, CARRION CROWS, JACKDAWS, WOODPIGEONS, a coupe of GOLDFINCHES feeding on the thistles that escape the cutting regime, plus a couple of LINNETS.
I decided on a sky watch from my seat, and during the 2 hours recorded 35 species, the best being a pair of SAND MARTINS (57), the first species to kick off the Autumn migration. A couple of dozen SWIFTS also moved through, plus a BLACK HEADED GULL and a few HERRING GULLS. I watched the KESTREL pair and the BUZZARD pair up hunting, and listened to a SKYLARK singing over at the nearby Bustard Hill. There was a ''sing off'' between a WHITETHROAT, a BLACKCAP and a GREENFINCH at the Greenhouse grounds, I'd say the Whitethroat just about won!
SWALLOW, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, JAY, MAGPIE, COLLARED DOVE, STOCK DOVE, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD, CHAFFINCH, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN, PIED WAGTAIL, STARLING and CHIFFCHAFF were the other birds on my list :-)
Only the dregs left from my blog photo folder now, the last images i've got, these I took in Wales last month.
Fly over Curlew
It would be nice to have this species fly over my patch :-)