Thursday, 10 September 2015

Wheatears' Return Passage

I have spent the last few days down in Northern Spain catching up on a few non-charentaise birds such as roller, flamingo and spectacled warbler. The weather was hot there but I gather that it was so here too. It was still pretty hot this afternoon when I took a bike ride over the plains looking for autumn migrants. Swallows were present in abundance, feeding over the fields and a few whinchats were in the hedges near the bio farm accompanied by pied flycatchers and a common redstart. The main delight of the day though was derived from around thirty wheatears on both the ploughed fields and the pastures, their white rumps flicking away as they were disturbed by the passing of my bike.

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