It was obvious not all the Swallows moved though yesterday as I counted 33 on the telegraph wires in the village as I passed through.
|33 Swallow were still on the wires|
I reached the farm ponds and scanned the edges but knew I was going to be out of luck with anything new. I did count 27 Curlew, 4 Common Snipe, 7 Teal, 2 Grey Heron and a pair of Reed Bunting but there were no passage waders.
|One of the Common Snipe leaving the pond|
The stubble field which had been Oilseed Rape is now a mass of Field Pansy and a robust specimen of Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis) which is now quite a rare arable plant.
|Bugloss - now a rare arable weed|
It was too early in the day for Dragonflies but did find a single resting Common Darter.
I came back through the South Burn Woods and waited a while by the Brass Castle Pond as there were a few birds flitting around. These turned out to be a family party of Chaffinch and 2-3 Chiffchaff, all juveniles but one still managing to do a bit of song. This warbler is named after it call which is not quite right and the Germans have done better as they call it the 'Zilpzalp' which is much closer. As I watched them flit around, the bird of the day appeared. A Spotted Flycatcher, an adult by the looks of it, started to do as it's name suggests, catch flies. It did a few sorties over the Phragmities before deciding to fly off. Just around the corner there were some more Speckled Woods, sunning themselves in the autumn sun.