After the gift laden easterlies of early September we’ve now entered a phase of unpredictable South Westerly’s. The birds here on the hill and beyond that arrived on the easterlies have gradually dripped away to their wintering grounds. The confiding Whinchat below was the last to leave.
No doubt an easterly element to the wind in October will bring more goodies. I await them with anticipation.
After a patient wait the other week a shouty Yellow browed Warbler came into the near side of the apple tree at Burnham Overy. A rather quieter bird at Salthouse was equally elusive but in surprisingly little cover. It seemed to frequently employ a cloak of invisibility.
Notice the long supercillium and the prominent median crown stripe on the lower Salthouse bird. Not completely out of kilter with what you would expect for a yellow browed …but still something that made me look twice!
To any autumn bird watcher those three initials; O.B.P., can mean only one thing … Olive Backed Pipit.
This bird of the Siberian Taiga was formerly known as Indian Tree Pipit and can be as crepuscular as it’s possible for a bird to be. One lurking in the very dark depths of the long grass and brambles within the wooded area of Wells next the Sea known as the Dell set birders a challenge to see it let alone permit its image to be stolen. Getting a 400mm F2.8 lens atop a fully extended tripod into a suitable position among brambles, rose suckers and miscellaneous vegetation at a time when the bird showed was more good luck than judgement. I’m still pulling out the thorns.
A few early migrants on the hill at the beginning of September; a Wheatear and two Whinchats were scattered around the place, grounded due to a persistent Harr just inland. They were tired and no doubt hungry. As the sun broke through and warmed them they all took to feeding and moving on.
Despite it being quite grey and sometimes wet I felt quite privileged yesterday. We were watching and photographing the three Red breasted Flycatchers at Burnham Overy. They showed better than I have every seen this species previously. Here’s a little indulgence of photographs.