Sunday, 3 June 2018

Birds of early June


A singing Willow Warbler around the garden first thing this morning was presumably a late or displaced migrant as I would have thought that a failed breeder would no longer be singing. However we are at about the period when late summer visitors almost meet failed breeders going the other way!

Eleanor went for a long run today, taking in a fair bit of the Brampton Valley Way, Harrington Airfield etc. Birds included a Barn Owl in the valley below Hanging Houghton, a Spotted Flycatcher at Draughton village, a Turtle Dove in bushes off the concrete track at Harrington Airfield and a calling Quail in a large barley field near the pond between the concrete track and the BVW.

Two Hobbies were later hawking insects in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

Increasing records on the east coast of the UK suggests we may be about to receive a small invasion of Rose-coloured Starlings, and with one recently in Northants it seems that these smart pink starlings may pay us some further visits soon. Keep checking those starling flocks if you are lucky enough to have them visiting your garden!


Neil M

Willow Warbler.


These summer visitors are waiting
patiently for the young crows to
fledge the nests and they will then take
over the nest for their own breeding efforts.

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