Thursday, 15 September 2011

Masses of migrants

It was beautiful last night with a bright full moon and plenty of stars and planets on view.  The Tawny Owl called for a while across the valley   This morning saw lots of passerines in the bushes of our garden.  We moved on to walk around the hill and were not disappointed.  Everywhere was crawling with Blackcaps and to a lesser degree Common Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers.  At one point 50 Blackcaps flew across a track in quick succession.  A couple of Firecrests brightened up the scene and a Peregrine soared overhead.


Moving back to the garden a Short-toed Eagle hunted our hill and a Raven soared high amongst a few puffy clouds.  Red-rumped Swallows, Black and Common Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Sardinian Warblers and Serins were all active in the trees and hedges and all this culminated with another splendid Firecrest which visited us as we sat under the pergola drinking tea.

Sardinian Warbler
Butterflies were also impressive with Clouded & Pale Clouded Yellows, Great Banded Graylings, Chalkhill Blues and Cleopatras the most numerous.

Chalkhill Blue

It's days like this that make this place so exciting.

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