I sat in the garden enjoying a coffee before going out for the morning, I wanted to check for any overhead passage...fairly quiet at this time. 60+ Goldfinches gathered in a neighbours tree "tinkering' away. Collared Doves and Starlings were present and a couple of Coal Tits passed through.
At 0745, a panic ensued and birds scattered everywhere, clearly, a raptor, possibly Sparrowhawk was hunting, but no, I didn't expect to see a GOSHAWK pass through at roof-top height and at speed, an awesome raptor. I suspect this was a wandering juvenile bird.
Carleton Forehoe 0900-1045
Having dropped the wife off at her little cleaning job in Kimberley, I decided to have a walk along Low Road in Carleton Forehoe, again checking for migrant birds.
I found a calling Chiffchaff in a Oak-lined hedgerow, but could see nor hear anything else. I walked back along Low Road and checked a small area of woodland scrub. Checking an Elder, I could see branches moving, a closer look revealed 2 Blackcaps (male and female) and a single Lesser Whitethroat, all were feeding upon the rich supply of Elderberries. Within range of this I could hear a Chiffchaff singing.
|Nuthatch at Kimberley 18/09/15|
Back at Kimberley, I was given permission to walk around the lovely cottage garden. Feeders attracted numerous Blue Tits and Great Tits, again, with a few Coal Tits dropping in to feed. At least a couple of Nuthatches came to feed. A Goldcrest passed through the garden