The whole of my walk was a much quieter affair all round, with a total of 46 species being found, well down on recent days, and a full 16 less than the last two visits combined! However it is a more realistic daylist for August. At least I found a COMMON WHITETHROAT and BLACKCAP today, and a pair of TURTLE DOVES, non of which were seen yesterday. The Turtle Doves seen today are the second latest recorded, Sept 1st is the latest date which occurred in 2007, the mean departure date for the previous 7 years is 22 Aug.
Later in the day I took a trip up Ashes Lane, ( the western end) where an adjacent field was being ploughed, I noticed some Gulls dropping onto it, but when I arrived I was stunned to see over 300 HERRING GULL a few BLACK HEADED, and a few LESSER BLACK BACKS! I gave the flock a good scan - if I could have found a Common Gull among them, it would have given me the one new species for the month that would have beaten the August record, but it wasn't to be. After the gull fest, I took a trip round the paddocks at Migrant Alley again, and was in luck, as I found a migrant WHEATEAR, thats 3 in 3 days now! I also saw a KESTREL which took the daylist to 48.
Above and below todays Wheatear - great little birds, a real treat for me on my patch.
Below is the Kestrel, would have been a better photo if it wasn't for that branch!
Below is a NUTHATCH I saw this morning.
Below is a few of the Gulls on the plough. They were of mixed ages a proved a good opportunity to try and get the different plumages - not my strong point!
Lastly more GREENFINCH'S from the garden feeders. This lot couldn't get on to the 12 port feeder above them, and the 6 port feeder nearby was full as well, more were bathing in the pond!