Tuesday, 26 March 2013
First Short-toed Eagle of the season
Today the thrush movement seemed to be doubled with still good numbers of Song Thrushes coming in from the sea and heading Karst-wards. During the whole day I estimated about 50 birds (seen). There were also loads of Chaffinches on migration and several stopped to feed on the snow-covered lawn. This gathering of finches soon attracted a pair of other more interesting visitors: two Cirl Buntings (male and female) which fed on the lawn for several minutes.
Also around today was the female Kestrel which frequently passed over the house and was also seen with a prey in the claws.
Four House Martins flying SE were also of note, along with the first Chiffchaff in a while (in the garden), 2 Black Redstarts and 1 Rock Bunting (garden on the edge of the woodland).
I then rounded up the day with 6 Grey Herons migrating above the sea at sunset.
I would like to say that the above Short-toed Eagle artwork is mine, but is not - thanks to Szabolcs Kokay.