Sunday, 30 August 2015

What a difference a day makes...

Yesterday I walked around the Magic Garden on the slim hope that some of the hundreds of Pied Flycatchers which recently landed on the Yorkshire coast might have found their way inland. In fact it was rather depressingly quiet.
I popped down there again today and the place was heaving with birds. 20 odd Blackbirds were gorging on Rowan berries, phylloscs seemed to be in every bush…

half a dozen Spotted Flycatchers sallied out from high perches,

young Bullfinches were much in evidence...

along with Goldcrests, Blackcaps and the first Whitethroats I have seen this month. Overhead Buzzards, Kestrels and Sparrowhawks drifted south, the latter mobbed by large numbers of hirundines and my first Jay since the winter noisily proclaimed its presence.

To round off an enjoyable hour's birding I came home to find a Lesser Whitethroat in the neighbour's fruit bushes.

1 comment:

  1. Also heard the Jay yesterday, and picked up a beautiful blue feather which can only have come from the aforsaid, this was along Boltby Scar.