So here goes! The weather of the past week has been decidedly changeable, you don't require a BBC 5-day forecast, just look out of the window.
Birds are still at a premium around Newland's Farm. I have missed a few raptors, of that I know, because of the columns of gulls spiralling into the heavens. It is a well documented route that takes the majority of large birds of prey on a course away to the west of Vine Close. I can see the result, but can't find the cause - even with a 30x eyepiece on my Kowa TSN 823.
|A juvenile Wheatear on a newly ploughed Newland's Farm cauliflower patch|
|A Meadow Pipit flushed from the Newland's Farm stubble - their excited "tseeping" calls are a regular feature|
of my early morning walk across to Pyson's Road.