Sunday, July 31, 2011

End of Summer...

For the birder anyway.

August, tomorrow, heralds the start of the autumn migration season for me.

On the local patch young warblers begin to appear in unusual spots such as gardens etc, an eye on the sky always has the chance of some viz migging, with things like Swifts and Sand Martins already on their way to more tropical climes or a drifting raptor like an Osprey maybe. Early in the morning a practiced ear can add a fly by Tree Pipit or Greenshank to the list. Birds not known as migrants can also be added to new areas as juveniles carry out a post breeding dispersal. Nuthatch is a good example of this, just check tit flocks early in the mornings.

Today, loitering around our village produced a typical late summer, early autumn, selection with 3 Arctic Terns N high over head, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail N. In the garden, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat all appear to be juveniles in nice fresh plumage.

Down on the coast path, an adult Arctic Skua was in the cove while 20 ish Common Scoter flew N...

Tension builds as we hope for an easterly towards mid month...

1 comment:

Birding Ecosse said...

My favourite time of year starts today!