Saturday, 30 July 2016

The early morning sunshine lasted for an hour or so before cloud and showery rain moved in.

During a two and a half hour visit around Migrant Alley, the Ashes Lane Fields and the Greenhouse Grounds, I found very little of note, for the Summer species I recorded 2 calling CHIFFCHAFFS, 2 skulking COMMON WHITETHROAT, a single LESSER WHITETHROAT, a single BLACKCAP, a couple of dozen SWALLOWS and four SWIFTS. Flyovers from a lone GREYLAG GOOSE, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and 4 HERRING GULLS wasn't much for my 40 minute sky watch, where a BUZZARD was also seen, plus some of the KESTREL family were watched as they hunted around the general area.

Hopefully something will turn up for the July list during the months final visit tomorrow, although the tally so far, of 64, is the same as last July, it is 2 species short of the mean average tally for the previous 5 Julys' and 7 species short of the best ever July tally. Past regulars found during July, but not this, include ; Yellowhammer, Turtle Dove, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher, the latter still hasn't been added to the year list yet, will this be the first year I don't see one at Pittswood ?

No photo's......again!


Marc Heath said...

Down in east Kent, lovely sunshine for most of the morning. Had a damselfly bonanza today, plenty for the camera. Hopefully autumn will treat you well, it normally does.

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Warren Baker said...

Thanks for the optimism Marc :-)

Derek Faulkner said...

You was lucky with the rain, we're crying out for some on Sheppey. Amazing how quick we've gone into almost drought conditions. Steady W. movement of mostly juv. swallows and martins this last few mornings, is this another eight month autumn just starting.

Warren Baker said...

My garden ponds need water still! Lets hope for a sunny 8 month Autumn ;-)