6+ Blackbirds (inc. juveniles taking elderberries)
1 Redstart (female)
Arrived in the valley at sunrise with a beautiful mist hanging over the course of the brook. A nice temperature to start the day at 12 degrees Celsius with little or no wind.
My walk this morning took in a number of fenced off grassland habitats where I have previously found evidence of a Shrike species in previous years, however, no sign this morning.
I positioned myself in an area of scrub, including Elder, which has always been good for migrant passerine species. A few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were present, also juvenile Blackbirds feasted on elderberries.
|Whitethroat 29th August. Managed this shot through a gap in the Bramble.|
A check along a ditch which was thickly lined with Rosebay Willowherb produced a single Whinchat on the fence. This species is a frequent late summer/autumn migrant in the valley.
A check of a patch of Bramble produced a single male Whitethroat. This beautiful Warbler often gave a quiet sub-song, often within cover. Occasional views were had of this skulking Warbler as it moved through cover. I managed the above shot when it appeared through a small gap in the Bramble.