Yellow Wag

Curious conditions over the last couple of days – almost an absence of weather, with uniform grey skies and temperatures that barely change from night to day.

This morning my first Yellow Wagtails over the autumn were heard (but not seen) flying over Chalky Road. In previous autumns, one or two appear to have hung around in the paddocks at Place Farm – either that or there’s been a steady trickle.

Hirundines are still very prominent – again, I can’t decide whether the 200+ above the village in recent days are mainly the results of local breeding success or heavily supplemented by migrants.

On Monday morning at the cricket pitch there was an unusually large gathering of Swallows (50+) hawking over the field and adjacent parkland. A few were even sat on the turf. Around the cricket pitch perimeter, a Willow Warbler briefly broke into song, and Jay and Treecreeper called, while four Grey Herons poked around the horse field.

Still waiting for a few scarcer migrants – perhaps a Redstart of a Pied Flycatcher. Oh to be at Cape Clear today, where there’s Yellow Warbler, Northern Waterthrush & Solitary Sandpiper. It’s not even September yet.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s