Sunday, July 18, 2010

Migration is restarting (if it ever stopped)

Long-tailed Tit

Well, no, this Long-tailed Tit (above) wasn't migrating. It's just impossibly cute.

But at Beeston today we caught a nice selection of migrating/dispersing warblers: a load of Blackcaps (including an adult male from a few years ago), Garden Warblers, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and - possibly nicest of all - the Lesser Whitethroat pictured below.

As far as most birds are concerned, the breeding season is finished and autumn is here. It's time for moulting and feeding, and migration's not far away. For some of these birds, the Sahara beckons...

Lesser Whitethroat

photos taken with Canon Powershot A640