|View from the Tree Nursery looking North, across Migrant Alley|
I gave the Tree Nursery a good look through, but only found a couple of pairs of BLUE and GREAT TITS, as well as 4 GREEN WOODPECKERS, plus at least 8 SONGTHRUSH flew out of one of the rows of Laurel bushes, with 2 BLACKBIRDS. WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN and MAGPIE made up the rest of what was seen here.
The fence lines and posts at Migrant Alley were first scanned from a distance, and then visited close up, inspecting the short turf of the paddocks as I went, hoping for a Wheatear or maybe a Stonechat ( more likely the former) but it wasn't to be, however, I did get a new species for the year, when a pair of RED LEGGED PARTRIDGES (75, 63) flew up from the boundary that meets the Greenhouse Complex, not a common species here at all, out of the last five years they have been recorded in just one of the months of 2007, 2008, and 2009, they weren't recorded at all in 2010, and last year they were only found in November and December.
I ended the visit with my usual skywatch, which produced 3 MEADOW PIPITS heading NW, a STOCK DOVE going N, and a SPARROWHAWK up hunting, plus two very distant 'off patch'' Buzzards ( yes Mike Buzzards!) Apart from those it was just a case of watching the local Corvids, WOODPIGEONS and the flock of 30-40 BLACK HEADED GULLS.
|GREENFINCH at garden feeder|