Monday, 4 September 2017


The small sunflower field which I referred to in my last post still held a dozen or s migrating whinchats yesterday but the wryneck seemed to have moved on. An equally delightful bird had replaced it though, a male bluethroat. This is only the second one that I have encountered in Charente though they nest in Charente Maritime and I think it's only the second individual reported in Charente this year.
The sunflowers also held at least one willow warbler, a few stonechats and around 40 linnets.
Another pied flycatcher was in my garden but this one was strangely silent.
The hedges at the bio farm have not yet produced much this autumn but a couple of male common redstarts and a whinchats were there yesterday.

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