Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Today was hot and humid, and apart from a brief spell of cloud that drifted over from the south around midday, the sky remained clear and blue.

Much of todays visit was spent watching the sky at Migrant Alley, it was far too warm to be marching around the fields, besides, the hedge destroyers were out, so nothing would be gained from walking the field margins.

A WHINCHAT flew low across the paddocks at Migrant Alley early in my visit, it didn't hang about to feed though. A few MEADOW PIPITS came and went, as did at least three separate YELLOW WAGTAILS, plus a few SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS fed over the sheep pasture. Three HOBBIES drifted over together, with another seen later in the morning. BUZZARDS were on every horizon, and a SPARROWHAWK was up hunting over the Wet Woods, one of the local KESTRELS made it a four raptor species day, when the female was seen sitting up on one of the Greenhouses. The Greenhouse Grounds and associated Copse had what is left of the Summer passerines that remain here, those being just 4 or 5 CHIFFCHAFF and a BLACKCAP.

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