Its been awhile since I paid the Obs a visit and with the Tree Sparrow into its 3rd day there it seemed a good idea to have a look for it before it moves on. The forecast was rain by 12:00 and so it was off to the Obs before it arrived. After parking up I headed towards the quarry and then took one of paths into the hut fields. No sooner had I walked into one of the fields I could hear the Tree Sparrow calling from a bush in front of me.
I managed to get into the next field for a better view and it seemed quite happy in this location, even with birders and dog walkers walking close-by. Also in the hedges here were singles of Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren and Dunnock. There were also 3 Goldfinches and 2 House Sparrows. What a great little spot.
Overhead were several Swallows passing through and in the Obs Garden I managed a Willow Warbler and a single Spotted Flycatcher. Word was there were at 3 other Spotted Flycatchers about.
Here are a few images from this morning.
The Tree Sparrow in its 3rd day here.
And for a comparison a male House Sparrow in the same hedgerow.
Also here a Goldfinch.....
Skulking in the hedge was this Chiffchaff.......
........which very briefly showed itself in the open.
In the Obs garden one of the 4 Spotted Flycatchers here. Note the flies buzzing about its head.
A Kestrel over the Crown Estate Fields.
Birds Recorded: 1 Gannet, Kestrel, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, 7+ Common Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch.
Also seen Lackey moth caterpillars and Brown-tail moth caterpillars