With the breeding season all but over and some summer visitors starting to return to their out of season areas (Cuckoos have already been tracked through
Italy and back across to Africa). It may be a good time to take stock of the year so far.
I’ve not done as well as anticipated on the East Anglia bird count, there will be a second chance for the wintering birds and some of the migrants, on their way back, but I’ve not been to see Nightjars, Golden Orioles or Honey Buzzards. Also Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail and Spotted Flycatcher have eluded me.
On the positive side we had a record count in Spain this year including four life time first species, I’ve had some great results with the wild flower photography (despite completely missing the Orchid bloom in our local wood, save that for next year) and had two Waxwings outside our house.
So onwards and upwards but whilst we wait for the autumn movements to get underway I’ll try and post a few photographic highlights that didn’t make the first cut. Thank you all for reading.
Life bird count: 403. Year bird count: 210. Month bird count: 43.
Photo: Swallow (Hirundo rustica)