Sunday, 22 April 2012

Catching Up

Yesterday was more like it.  The wind went slightly to the south and abated at least for early morning. A female Montagu's Harrier hunted the meadows at breakfast.  Walking round our area I was pleased to find Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Garden Warblers about and singing too.  A single Bonelli's Warbler sang from pines as did a newly arrived Tree Pipit.  Two male Redstarts in the garden and Nightingales sand and Cuckoos were also very noticeable.  The highlight for me though was finding a smart Ortolan Bunting posing for the camera.

The Ortolan Bunting

Today was a bit cooler but still a few migrants.  Tree Pipits were obvious with at least 6 around.  More Cuckoo activity and a few more Nightingales.  New was an Orphean Warbler singing continuously from an area of scrub.

Tree Pipit

I also assessed the Corn Buntings we have in our small community.  I reckon we have at least 12 singing males in quite a small area.  Probably more than the breeding population in many an English County now.

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