For the walk yesterday the highlight was finding 3 WHINCHAT, they keep coming and very welcome they are too. The other notable action yesterday was a more than steady trickle of HOUSE MARTINS, 200 or more in an hour is, as usual, a conservative estimate with maybe 40-50 SWALLOWS for good measure. CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP, are still here and will be around for a bit longer yet other warblers are now going to be few and far between here though, but hopefully I might pick up a late one here and there. A SPARROWHAWK flew lazily into one the silver birches but didn't hang around for a photo shoot and a small flock of SISKIN this time graced the end of my walk rather than the beginning.
|Another Whinchat (with a cryptic blur in the background!)|
Today was much the same, maybe a tad mistier, there were no new moths in the traps though I saw my first Dusky Lemon Sallow of the year and we had 3 of the unusual looking, Angle Shades.
The birds were much as yesterday, although I couldn't see far enough to know if the Whinchat were around but Dad reported 1 Whinchat and a Stonechat on his walk this morning as the mist lifted. A short excursion into the wood allowed me to catch up with a few GOLDCREST and MARSH TIT and out in the fields it sounded like the YELLOWHAMMER flock was still at a reasonable number. I could hear plenty of MEADOW PIPITS and only a couple of HOUSE MARTINS, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to see a bit further, even though there is something about misty mornings that give the whole place a different atmosphere.