Prior to visiting the patch today I quickly visited nearby Podmore where the Lapwing flock was up to 83 Lapwing today....with a bit of luck they will venture onto Witch Lane soon.
I started today's visit on Witch Lane on arrival I saw a ♀ Sparrowhawk and 2 Common Buzzards. Also, over the lower section of the lane, there were 16 House Martins, 6 Swallows and 3 Swifts. Further up the lane I scanned the harvested bean fields and recorded 7 Yellow Wagtails (5 juveniles) with at least 15 Pied Wagtails flitting about and feeding amongst the remains of the crops. Another sign that, in terms of migration, Autumn passage is starting to pick up.
The North side of the patch was pretty quiet. 2 Common Buzzards were along the fence of Heath Lane paddock and a flock of c.30 Linnets were in the harvested cereal field opposite. 13 Swallows were present over Butts Lane, as were a flock of 40+ House Sparrows near the junction with Vicarage Road.
Also, 50+ House Martins were seen hawking over Captains Pool early afternoon (TS).
Double-click on video to view it in larger format