Saturday, 19 December 2015

Winter Chiffchaffs

Its close to Christmas but there's no sign of winter yet, in fact the temperature was over 22C in the sun this afternoon. The chiffchaffs that are around at the moment are probably going to overwinter with us as a few do every year but there seem to be far more than usual and they are usually encountered as singletons so I was surprised today to come across a small flock of about six of them mixed in with several tits.
Among the 35 species which I clocked up on my bike ride were a hawfinch, a pair of bramblings and a sparrowhawk.
Earlier in the week a little egret was near Luxé again and a great white egret was in a field near Chasseneuil, perhaps the same individual that I saw near Saint Mary.

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