Thursday, 11 August 2016

This morning was overcast, with a cool westerly wind, it brightened for a while by mid afternoon.

I spent a little over two hours walking the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley first thing this morning, hoping to find the first Whinchat of the year, or maybe one of the other more common migrants that pass through there in the Autumn, but I drew a blank on that score. I did however find the years second only GARDEN WARBLER (55) record, one was seen feeding on a small bunch of Blackberries in the hedgerow bordering Migrant Alley and the Greenhouse Grounds.

Other notables seen were; flyover HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and BLACK HEADED GULL, a few passage HOUSE MARTINS, plus the three resident raptor species, BUZZARD, KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK, the latter of which was escorted from the area by at least 30 irate SWALLOWS!

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