OK, so east Northants isn’t quite Eilat as a migration hotspot, and I’m restricted to my house and garden, but I’m supporting the Champion of the Flyways (cancelled) event by promoting their cause through the day (and I’ve donated).
The cause is the conservation of Steppe Eagles in Kazakhstan and Uzbekhistan – a good, no a great, cause.
I’ll be popping in and out of my garden to record birds during the day. I’ve already been out from about 0530 to 0620 and recorded 7 species but one of them is a lifer for the garden so I already feel chuffed to bits.
At 0536 it was still dark, the daisies in the lawn had their flowers tightly closed and there was just one distant Blackbird singing. And then the new bird for the garden flew over calling – I didn’t even see it. By 0550 there were lots of Blackbirds but no Song Thrushes (there were lots of Song Thrushes a fortnight ago), lots of Robins and a few Dunnocks. A bit later a Wren started singing and a while later still there were two Wrens.
Woodpigeon was next and the Jackdaws got up and left their chimney pot nests at 0610 – suddenly there were quite a few of them. The daisies were opening up but the celandines were still tightly closed. The Blackbirds had had their 30-minute songfest and were calming down.
Soon after, I came in to get warm and to write this blog post.
I’ll go out again soon to make the most of the early morning and then I’ll be popping in and out through the day. I have a phone call to take and a piece of writing to finish around all this birding.
List so far:
I won’t see a Steppe Eagle but you could donate to them here.