Back to my walk, which was again through the Tree Nursery, Pub Field maize crop and a circuit of Migrant Alley. A HOBBY went over fast and low, before I had even reached the Tree Nursery, a good start, but it didn't last, it was relatively birdless in the Tree Nursery, a WREN, a ROBIN, a GREEN WOODPECKER and flyovers by PIED WAGTAIL and WOODPIGEON were about it.
Up the side of the Maize crop in the Pub Field, I was hoping for something to fly from the edge of the crop into the hedge, maybe a Sedge or Reed Warbler, but all I saw was DUNNOCKS, with a few BLUE TITS feeding on the hedgerow berries.
Migrant Alley was full of ROOKS and JACKDAWS, and today they were all put up by not a Buzzard, as yesterday, but a PEREGRINE, which half heartedly chased the Jackdaws. A few LINNETS and more Pied Wagtails were about, but no sign of any migrant species yet. I reached the north end of Migrant Alley, and walked the strip of wood/scrub there, and found a real surprise, not a bird, but a Butterfly - a Ringlet! Wow!! Ive never seen a ringlet before, this is the 25th butterfly species recorded on my patch now.
A bit of skywatching for 40mins produced the local SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS, as well as a couple of HERRING GULLS, also 2 SWIFTS - the last this year ? The usual SPARROWHAWK went past menacingly, no wonder there's no passerine migrants on the fence lines with all these raptors about !
Photo's today: Below an Immature Robin, it will soon get all of its red breast, and be the best looking bird around :-)
Below is my first ringlet on my patch, and a lifer species for me ! It also represents the 25th butterfly species recorded on my patch.
In the small wild area by the miaze crop, there were still plenty of the smaller butterflies, I know I keep posting these species, but they look so good, and they won't be around much longer.