Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails

Sunny, 20º, Light S.

Rather quiet day today, migrants thin on the ground. 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap.

Also 2 Chiffchaffs in the garden today.

Lollingdon Hill quiet, 1 flyover Yellow Wagtail.

Farmland almost as quiet, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer and a few Linnet.
Manor Farm produced today’s highlights with 4 Wheatear and 14 Yellow Wagtail. Also a good number of Swallows around the farm and 12+ House Martins around Marymead/Church road.

As of late a steady flow of Gulls (all Lesser Blackbacks as far as I could tell) heading on to the downs and many Corvids around.

Another trip up to Lollingdon Hill this evening did not add much to today’s birds, 3 Kestrel hunting over the hill, plus a Buzzard and 2 Red Kite.

Interestingly the Gulls were all headed in the opposite direction from this morning. Most Gulls were heading in a NNE direction, presumably heading for roost sites at Dorchester, Farmoor etc. However, some were heading due east. Not sure where they would be heading to?

Weather changing, more cloud cover and a stiffer breeze this evening. Heavy Rain forecast overnight.
                           The same Wheatear above and below.

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