Tuesday, 4 October 2016

After a sunny start, variable amounts of cloud blew over on a stiff  NE wind.

Another walk around the farmland areas of my patch this morning proved interesting again, with most excitement coming from a flock of 30-40 BRENT GEESE (101, 53) that flew over Migrant Alley heading South east, nice tick for the year!

Once again a WHEATEAR was present at Migrant Alley, plus a look for the STONECHATS was successful, with two of the three seen yesterday found by the Greenhouse copse. MEADOW PIPIT passage continues, as does the SWALLOW passage, but there were just a a dozen at most of the latter, the odd SKYLARK also went through. A CORMORANT flew over, plus the male KESTREL and male SPARROWHAWK were seen hunting. As the morning warmed up, 5 BUZZARDS were seen up soaring together over the Ashes Lane Fields and my first STOCK DOVE (54) of the month flew over.

I couldn't resist taking another couple of images of the Stonechats  :-)


Stonechat

9 comments:

Steve Gale said...

You can never have too many Stonechats Warren...

Derek Faulkner said...

and far nicer than it's cousin the Whinchat

Warren Baker said...

Quite agree Steve, I have certainly got my fill!

Warren Baker said...

Derek,
I reckon the male Whinchat might just edge it :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Great to hear you saw two of yesterdays Stonechats Warren, and today's images are tops, take it from me that's official.

Warren Baker said...

Cheers pete :-)

Derek Faulkner said...

Really Warren, how can the rather plain looking male Whinchat better the lovely dark head, etc. of a Stonechat.

Seumus Eaves said...

Stunning as usual Warren!

Warren Baker said...

Derek,
Have another look in your bird guide at the male Whinchat it's not got a plain head at all !