They are congregating here in the Highlands. Not nearly as many as last year. There are a lot of failed nests round this way due to the late frosts this year.
They're still fattening themselves here in Devon.They are early! Here in Dorset it's usually Mid-september before they start to group together for the long winter holidays.
Slight drift. Watched a documentary a few years ago. It was comparing the lives of red deer on Exmoor to those in the Highlands. Whereas on Exmoor the hinds came into season after 15/18 months, in the Highlands it was 3 years! Drift over.I looked back through this thread and it’s about the same time here for the past 3 years, your Dorset climate must be just that bit kinder to them.
I'm sure I will see them as they rest here before the big flight. You see the numbers grow and grow then suddenly they're gone. I imagine they catch up with news, gossip and stories from the wider family as they fill the wires at Kimmeridge, Osmington, Ringstead, etc.They are congregating here in the Highlands. Not nearly as many as last year. There are a lot of failed nests round this way due to the late frosts this year.
Tawnies don't really hover. Might have been something close byWe had an odd experience last evening on the way home. Driving along the unlit lane to our village, we saw a something sitting in the middle of the paved road. Had to stop to avoid smooshing it.
It was a tawny owl. Just sitting in the road, looking around as if it owned the place. After a couple of minutes watching and being amazed at its range of neck movement - all the books can't describe how it rotates - I opened the car door. At which it flew off.
A beautiful but weird experience at 0100!
Could it have been listening for prey in the verges? Why not do that in the hover?
Best place for you. Enjoy the rest.I have been sent to bed ( had episode) so ginger cat and myself are bird watching, swallows of course but a few wrens about,and a buzzard working over the lower fields for best entertainment the young blackbirds raking for worms by the compost bins.
Well I learned something today. I meet a bloke on the seafront occasionally who is a real expert, he does the British Trust for Ornithology surveys for our area. He was about this morning and we got talking about wagtails. The most common in the UK is the pied wagtail:-
Over the past few years I've been seeing rather paler examples that I took to be white wagtails, then decided I was imagining things and they were juveniles. However, it turns out I was right and they are the white version:-
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Which are commoner on the Continent. Despite Brexit these foreigners continue to enter the country without permission. Disgraceful.....