Gave Blithfield Res. a visit by way of a change yesterday. Had a good look round but didnt find much. Just nice to be out. A few Ruff, 3 Greenshank, a Yellow Wagtail and a couple of Common Sands were the best I could do.
Today I was back on more familiar ground, the 'patch'. I started at 'Lower patch' near Caldecote Hall. As I parked up the Ash tree above me exploded as a large number a Hirundines took flight. Ok exploded might be a bit of an exageration but as these birds were joined by others already airbourne it was clear there were alot of birds, House Martins and Swallows, involved. Amazing sight.
A small part of an amazing flock of Swallows and House Martins at Caldecote.
Nothing particularly unusual about the rest of the walk, a Raven was heard, no sign of any Mistle Thrushes but a small group of Meadow pipits were new in. Other than that it was pretty much the usual stuff small flocks of Linnet, Reed Buntings and Goldfinches and single Nuthatch, Cormorant and Grey Heron.
Goldfinch, everywhere there are Thistles.
'Upper patch' was even quieter, even the area of Elderberries and Gorse were birdless. After picking up A pastie and sausage rolls at Dobbie's food hall I moved on to an area near Warton, in the North east corner of Warwickshire. Again small flocks of Linnets and also a good number of Yellowhammers but the only migrant seen was a single Garden warbler.