I spent a little under four hours walking the Ashes Lane Fields, Pub Field, and Migrant Alley, hoping for a sign that Autumn migration was under way, and today it came, when I found the years first WHINCHAT (96,56), a lovely pristine female, at migrant alley, ( where else!) In fact the bird found me, it flew in low across the sheep pasture, alighting on a fence line some 50m away as I stood trying and failing to photograph the 20-30 SWALLOWS that were lined up on the same fence. So despite the diminishing habitat and heavy disturbance at Migrant Alley, the Whinchats still pass through here, they can still be found if i'm out early enough, although not in quite the numbers they used to, nor do they stay for as long as they used to.
Not quite a Whinchat, but this WREN posed nicely for me
There was also a WHITETHROAT seen in the nearby ''pretend'' hedgerow, a passage bird no doubt, however that was my lot for the day migrant wise, apart from a couple of CHIFFCHAFFS seen in the Greenhouse Grounds boundary hedge.
SPARROWHAWK, BUZZARD, KESTREL and HOBBY were all noted up hunting, always good to get a four Raptor species day :-).
A look for Dragonflies proved a bit disappointing, despite the fine weather I saw only a couple of Southern Hawkers, half a dozen Migrant hawkers and half a dozen Common Darters, only the latter perching kindly for the camera.