Monday, 24 August 2020

Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails

Northern Wheatear Motacilla flavisima

Monday 24 August

Last day in UK so took a ;late afternoon walk along Workmans Lane on the southern edge of Warsash where Lesser Whitethroats had been reported for the past few days.  Midday had seen torrential rain and once home the rains returned.  However, the really bad news was a text to say that our Newhaven - Dieppe ferry had been cancelled due to the bad weather,  Not a lot of help receiving the message at 16.30 with the office closing at 17.00 hours!!

Arriving at the start of the lane a number of Wood Pigeons about as I walked its length. Near the far end I started to see very many Jackdaws and setting off in the reverse direction I took the opportunity, accompanied by a fellow birder I met also walking the lane, to take the path alongside the very large paddock holding a number of feeding horses.  At the far side of the fields a large mixed flock of Jackdaws and Rooks plus a smaller number of Crows.  The Starling flock, which seemed continually on the move, totalled well over two hundred.  But nearer to us were a couple of Magpie.

A small selection of the distant Rooks Corvus frugilegus

Checking the fences we found a trio of Northern Wheatears and then set about scanning the areas around the respective horses for feeding Yellow Wagtails.  The searching certainly paid dividends as we eventually ended up with at least ten individuals and more sightings of he above Northern Wheatears. And leaving the field to return to the narrow lane we were met by a single Robin.

Northern Wheatear Motacilla flavisima

Birds seen:

Wood Pigeon, Yellow Wagtail, Robin, Northern Wheatear, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling.

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