The Goldfinch nest in the garden was busy until the 7th, when three juveniles fledged successfully after both parents encouraged them to leave.
The summer visitors have now started to leave the country to return to their wintering grounds in more southerly climes.
Our southern coastline resembles an airport departure lounge as they wait for favourable conditions to commence their journey.
During the month, I spent a week on a family holiday near Milford-on-sea, Hampshire, which is half a mile from Keyhaven/Pennington.
Whilst there I managed to go birding most mornings, the journey time from the accommodation to Keyhaven harbour being a mere five minutes.
Birds seen there were my first Sandwich Tern of the year, where I normally see quite a few, Peregrine, Grey Plover, Raven, twenty six Eider that had come close to the shore. Most of the males were in eclipse plumage and looked very scruffy. Decent sized flocks of Hirundines were busy feeding up in readiness for their long journey whilst juvenile Goldfinch appeared to be in every bush.