Monday 25 August 2008

The excitement of the last few visits wasn't repeated this morning. It was a case of trying to find the resident bird species. Very few birds were seen, one of the few brighter moments was coming across a mixed species feeding flock, containing at least 8 LONG TAILED TITS, 4 BLUE TITS, 4 GREAT TITS, a NUTHATCH, a TREECREEPER and a COAL TIT. CHIFFCHAFF and COMMON WHITETHROAT were the only warbler species located, and on the raptor front just a SPARROWHAWK was seen. The BARN OWL was in his now 'usual' roost, but no Little Owls were found.
Migrant Alley was very quiet, just a few PIED WAGTAILS, mixed corvids, and the busy SWALLOWS feeding overhead. 45 species were seen, not too bad a tally for the day, the 3 species of gull and 2 geese species padded the day list out a bit!

Speckled Wood butterflies were the only species to brave the dull, windy conditions today
This Swallow probably can't wait to get back to Africa, and some sunshine!

An hour or so watching the feeders, and it was evident where most of the sunflower hearts were going. I had a peak count of 18 GREENFINCH!


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Sounds like everything was chilling out everywhere today , very nearly dozed off on my walk .

Mosura said...

Interesting how you mixed flocks moving together while feeding. Many birds here birds here do the same.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Warren: It seems too early to have a real cooling down, the weather has been cool but not bad over here. We had a warm-up for a few days.

Warren Baker said...

It's funny how one day is the exact opposite to the next sometimes.

Birds must have evolved the same behaviours, even on different continents, staying together is always a good ploy.

Its not so much cool here Fishing guy. Its just dull and cloudy.The lack of sunshine makes you feel depressed !!