On the spur of the moment, I headed off to see those Nottinghamshire Bee-eaters again yesterday evening. At first it seemed the spur of the wrong moment – the journey was slow and included some diversions and delays. And then on arrival I had a brief, against the sun, distant silhouette view of one bird.
But a bit of perseverance meant that I had views of up to five birds and good views of three Bee-eaters catching large insects – looked like bumblebees but I’m not sure – in good light.
Considering they are the most colourful birds in Europe they were quite easy to miss. I didn’t hear them call which is usually a give-away of their presence, and Bee-eaters are small birds – more sparrow-sized than thrush-sized.
But they were lovely yesterday evening so the journey was well worthwhile. I’ll be heading back when, if, the young fledge and I guess the site will be pretty busy then.
They are well worth a visit if you are in the area between Nottingham and Loughborough – details here.