It was, say it myself I shouldn't, a stroke of genius to confine my day to wandering on and not too far from Hugh and Janet's property. Bright and sunny for the best part, the birds were already in good voice before springing out of bed at 06:00. With vocal
first and second on the day list it was worth keeping a count.
was already busy on the herbacious borders while the first
was the start of the most numerous species of the day
save for migrating Swallows.
House Martin climbed well into double figures, but there was only
a single STONECHAT recorded.
reach a total of 3 while along with even more
both were heard 'singing' and 'calling'.
remained as a 'single sighting' but
and CHAFFINCH were seen in the dozens.
Only one COMMON BUZZARD,
outnumbered by c3 distinctly different
and lots of HOUSE SPARROWS
There were also quite a few CHIFFCHAFF,
and MEADOW BROWNS
and still the BLACK REDSTARTS
continued to sing, pity we couldn't get closer.
Another 'closeish encounter' with a
Singles of KESTREL,
and TURTLE DOVE
almost brought to and end a most exciting spell of 'birding'
but there was to be one last surprise.
A lone WHITE STORK heading south.
Oh, maybe I should have mentioned it before, but I doubt you would have got quite so excited as we are in fact on Hugh and Janet's property in the South of France. Much more of this "manana" as they say not far from here!