I often think that autumn is my favourite time of year for birds, but also, I love the colours of autumn and all the varieties of wild fruits which feeds birds, and of course us, as many types of fruits are consumed by humans either as additions to food or drink.
|Fruits of Blackthorn - Sloe's (loved by Thrushes)|
Bird migration is well underway now, however, September will see the greatest variety of species and numbers passing through. Despite today appearing quiet as far as migrants are concerned there was still several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the hedges and scrub on Houghton Common along with the odd Whitethroat. Mid-September will see very large numbers of migrant warblers darting between cover and feeding up after a night of passage. I have seen 20+ Whitethroats in one section of hedge previously on Houghton Common, I suspect these birds were 'downed' by a previous nights thunderstorm.
|Common Buzzard on Houghton Common 17/08/13|
I left this isolated, yet beautiful site with thoughts of migrant birds visiting the area in the knowledge that they will be presented with a full larder of fruit.