Monday 29th August; 8am - 11am
Cool, overcast, some sun, dry, F3-4 westerly winds
The winds were still blowing from the west today, and forecast to stay that way all day, so I had a trip down West Brook Valley this morning, hoping to find some birds sheltering out the wind.
It was quite nice walking slowly down the valley as the sun came out and warmed the air. I found several clumps of elderberries with loads of warblers, mostly Whitethroats and Blackcaps feeding actively. At the far end of my walk there were stacks of Chiffs in the tall sycamores, as well as a flock of Long-tailed Tits. A Common Buzzard flew out a tree very close by as I was trying to watch the warblers flitting about.
The sunshine brought out the butterflies (Red Admirals, Commas, a Holly Blue, Small Whites) and dragonflies (Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters)