The chiffchaffs, at least three, had gathered in the tall crack willows near the boating club, also notable for a gathering of song thrushes - at least six. The whitethroats so common in August are all gone, but a single blackcap remains.
In the evening a trip to Balscote Quarry nature reserve was very relaxing and enjoyable, and a chance to soak up some warm milky sunshine. I had hopes of getting lucky and finding a wryneck. Of course no such luck this time, but at least six chiffchaffs were dotted around the perimeter hedgerows and a very shy lesser whitethroat was tucked into a bramble patch.
Some very smart tree sparrow boxes have just been put up, hopefully the tree sparrows will move into these and leave the sand martin tower to the sand martins!
Other birds included ten yellowhammers and a couple of juvenile kestrels.
|chiffchaff at Balscote Quarry|
|the new tree sparrow housing estate|