A few updates after the events of the weekend... the expected north westerlies brought more visible migration but nothing 'special' - how demanding are we?
Plenty of warblers including this Chiffchaff, and a darkish brown one, but I'm not going to speculate (much).....
Remember our scrawnbag? - I found it (or one very like) on the ground nearby with an injured wing surrounded by feathers - as predicted it'd been hit by a predator, but had managed to escape - it flew with difficulty into the hedgerow.
The Hythe Osprey has finally flown south(ish) after just over a month at Brockhill. He doesn't seem to be going in quite the right direction..... the RSPB site describes him as: still flying, he has missed the Azores. He was at an altitude of 500m and has so far flown 1978miles (3185km). The facts are now clear - on his current course the next landfall is 2470 miles (4000km) away in Suriname,South America - that distance is 3-4 days away.
The female has also left Britain at the same time, and is in Brittany. I suppose that the best that they could say would be 'So long, and thanks for all the fish!'
There was a Great Grey Shrike behing Ripple church on the weekend, and being 'elusive' I managed to miss it three times, or as SteveR delicately put it: 'Three shrikes and you're out'. Ha bloody ha.