The only birds of note around Netherstead were wagtails, the few Pieds being joined by at least two Grey Wagtails.
|97. Golden Plovers|
There was an ominous lack of birds at the flashes, just two Teal. The inference was that the shooting season may have started. Dave suggested we check out the south end, and although this confirmed our impression that there will be no big Linnet flock this year, we did count 120 Meadow Pipits in the fields, a patch record for me, and also found two new male Stonechats.
How did we know they were new? Well the one at Netherstead looked like this.
While the one at the south end looked like this:
If you haven't figured it out yet, Netherstead Stonechat has no tail. Strictly speaking the south end bird could be one from earlier in the autumn, but I reckon it is part of a turn over of Stonechat passing through.
Lets hope something new turns up next week.