I've not really got going at Upton this year ( or in fact been that much), and a couple of brief visits this weekend failed to produce anything other than a pleasant meeting a some nice folks from Gloucestershire, and a genuine Chiffchaff arrival. I managed to miss a Wheatear and Little Ringed Plover by a few minutes.
By contrast the local patch continues to notch up ticks , and this week I added Nuthatch, Treecreeper,Grey Heron and a pair of Red Legged Partridge taking my patch list up to a healthy 59. I heard a Tawny Owl call there too, which was interesting, as well as observing the rare occurrence of Green Woodpecker drumming. There is plenty of plough around and I hope this is going to attract Wheatears in the coming weeks. Today one field held around 20 Pied Wagtails enjoying the soil.Hopefully some White and Yellows to follow soon too.
My year list has ground to a halt. Yesterday my birding highlight was getting another look at a Little Owl, and sneaking a quick pic.