This being the last day of September, it is the calm before the storm of the shooting season, which starts here tomorrow. On the plus side the gamekeeper was telling me that the Pheasant shoots and dog-training are to be restricted to October this year, and the days to avoid are Saturdays, with some shooting on adjacent land on Fridays. It could be a lot worse.
The story of the morning was the steady trickle of Meadow Pipits, a few of which paused on their migration. The final tally was a respectable 91. There are also still plenty of hirundines around, with at least 14 House Martins and 20 Swallows taking the chance to snack on insects before they head south.
A couple of indications that autumn is here were a single Redpoll over Netherstead, and seven Siskins over Stapenhill Wood.
There were noticeably high numbers of Hornets buzzing about, and dragonflies consisted of several Common Darters and a Migrant Hawker.