Early rain moved through by 09:00hrs, leaving a mostly sunny, if windy afternoon.
A four hour full patch walk today produced an ok total of 45 bird species, a KINGFISHER (62) seen at the lakes was the first this month, and proved to be one of two highlights of the visit.
Pheasant, Songthrush and Whitethroat were not recorded today, when they could have been expected to show, nor was the Mistlethrush that still eludes the August list.
GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, STOCK DOVE, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP were the best of what was seen in the wooded areas of my patch.
The Ashes Lane Fields provided highlight number two of the visit when a SAND MARTIN flew among the local SWALLOWS, the only other Summer species seen today were a few HOUSE MARTINS moving through.
A heavily disturbed Migrant Alley provided little of note, nor did a visit to the equally heavily disturbed Greenhouse Grouse Grounds. My sky watch provided the three local Raptor species of BUZZARD, KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK, plus three Larid species of HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and BLACK HEADED GULL, it was a shortened sky watch however, as there is a limit to my tolerance of the continued noisy power tools used to de-biodiversify ( is there such a word?) the nearby Greenhouse Grounds, plus the noise of the building work at the new secondary school that is being finished off next to Migrant Alley, as well as numerous flyovers of light aircraft, that bleedin' Spitfire and numerous circuits of a Chinook helicopter!
How I envy my wife who is presently away on the isle of Iona, I asked her to keep an eye on any houses for sale there!