|Whitethroat in typical late summer habitat at Bodney 19th August|
This part of my patch is usually productive for migrant birds, last August I had Redstart there.
I naturally focussed on the Elder bushes in this area and found 3 Whitethroats in this habitat, this included seeing the birds feeding upon Elderberries. Also seen was 2 Chiffchaffs, again, seen in Elder, sometimes in close association with Whitethroat. Whitethroats, as with other Warbler species have now changed their dietary requirements. Insect prey was the main diet for Warblers throughout spring and summer, such food ensures a good nutritional value for young in the nest, now however, their diet has changed to soft fruits such as Elderberries, these high energy foods will ensure the birds have a good body weight for their forthcoming southerly bound migration.
|Whitethroat in Elder at Bodney 19th August|
A number of Swallows seen low over the valley and surrounding areas searching for food, whilst 9+ birds heading purposefully south may have been passage birds.