Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Red Kite

This is rather a limbo time for birds in Charente as we have lost all of our summer visitors except for a few over-wintering chiffchaffs and perhaps the occasional blackcap but few wintering migrants have yet turned up.
 As mentioned in recent posts the main crane migration is very late this year and the only thrush movements have been a few song and mistle.
Red kites tend to wander at this time of year though and a very beautiful specimen shared a thermal above the Bonnieure valley with a sparrowhawk yesterday and a hen harrier was on the plains today, so together with the plentiful buzzards and kestrels it has not been a bad time for birds of prey.

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