Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Weather warms up again

The  wind abated and temperatures got up to 28 degrees.  We went down to Olonzac first thing for the market and a Sparrowhawk passed high overhead.

Short-toed Eagle

 On our return a Short-toed Eagle soared over our hill and Pied Flycatchers and Common Redstarts were still obvious.  I did a quick trip around our neighbourhood and also noted plenty of Wheatears.  Another Sparrowhawk was hunting the garrigue but the most amazing find was a young Roller near La Caunette - this is getting late for this species.

Young Roller

This evening 6 Mistle Thrushes went to roost in the forest opposite our garden and I got a good look at the suspected semirufus Black Redstart.  As I suspected it was a moulting male Common Redstart.

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