Saturday, 27 September 2014

Stone curlew and other migrants

It's turned out to be a hot end to the summer and this has perhaps encouraged some visitors and passage migrants to linger.
I thought that stone curlews had already departed but one flew over my head last Sunday. It seemed he had been flushed by a solitary hunter with his dog but. Either he was undetected or the chasseur recognised him as a protected species.
I have seen occasional wheatears, redstarts pied flycatchers and whinchats this week but chiffchaffs have been the commonest migrant along with the swallows which seem now to be moving southwards rather than feeding.
Meadow pipits began to appear on the plains yesterday but among all this movement the black redstarts are still singing from rooftops and two arrive each evening to roost on my terrace.

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