Friday, 8 April 2016

Quiet despair, intense pleasure

It has been a week of mixed work and pleasure. Sitting in an office, trying to remember how to use various software and systems does keep my mind sharp I suppose, and it also reminds me of how to interact socially. If I were just to spend my time walking footpaths and meeting birders then I would soon become a social misfit. Enough said...

My visits to Canons Farm have neatly summed up the lot of a patch watcher - periods of quiet despair punctuated by moments of intense pleasure (this is all relative, you understand!). The joy has come courtesy of both male Ring Ouzel and Common Redstart (below), those eagerly anticipated 'next drawer up' migrants, not quite a Stone Curlew but better than a Willow Warbler. There has also been a marked passage of Common Buzzards. We have 14-15 local birds, with any 360 degree scan of the sky on a fair day resulting in buteo excess. We know where the territories are, where the 'spare' birds hang out, so can gage when migrants pass through. It does help to identify them when they come in groups (up to six) or are escorted off the premises by the breeders. A few Red Kites have also joined in the fun. The fields have had heavy machinery on them, and this disturbance has resulted in a corvid and pigeon feeding frenzy - up to 300 Stock Dove are the current highlight. What with singing Skylarks and Yellowhammers on hand, it is a most agreeable place to be at the moment.


8 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

That beautiful redstart!

Factor said...
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Factor said...

Rewriting comment - hate literals! Meant to say I'm glad you managed to get a photo of the Redstart as the one I found last weekend wouldn't sit still for long enough!

Gibster said...

Ironic that you mention Stone Curlew...had one from my bed earlier in the week (flew over calling!)

Steve Gale said...

Sure is Simon...

Steve Gale said...

Spoken like a true wordsmith Neil! Shame the photo is but a record shot though.

Steve Gale said...

I saw your Facebook statement Seth and was immediately envious.

Gibster said...

Mwaahaahaahaaaaa..... (that's me, not the Stone Curlew)