Monday, 4 November 2013

Surprise On My Doorstep

Such a fantastic weather this morning so we set off on a walk from our village of Salem.  At first there were not many birds to see except Robins, Chaffinches and Magpies.  As we headed up higher we did pick up a Buzzard soaring quite close and a flock of about 20 Rooks.  Several groups of Starlings were moving overhead and then as we turned to descend to the village a super Red Kite appeared in front of us. 

Lapland Bunting - photo Eric Hosking

It was as we were moving further down that a bird called and as we approached was flushed for the side of the tarmac.  It flew up calling loudly and then headed off south.  As soon as I heard it I knew it was a Lapland Bunting not a species I would have dreamt of seeing around here.  It shows you that scarce migrants can turn up anywhere.  Just before reaching home a small group of 15 Redwings flew across the road.

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