One of our resident birds is the Grey Wagtail. They like to breed on fast flowing rivers and streams.Maybe this bird spotted the Osprey before I did!It appears to be a young bird due to the slightly buffish colouring to its upper breast and white throat. It has the longest tail of all our three Wagtail species.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Birding at Stourhead
Last Sunday I didn't have much else on so I decided to revisit an area that I'd surveyed earlier in the year for the British Trust for Ornithology. Stourhead is about 15 minutes south of Frome and has been one of my favourite areas to survey so far.When I arrived there were a couple of blokes with bins looking out over the lake. Apparently an Osprey had been seen fishing here for the past 10 days. The Osprey wasn't there when I arrived so I settled in to wait. After about 1.5 hours I saw the bird fly in to the far side of the lake where it settled in a dead tree. The scope views were great, but I hoped to see it dive for fish.That wasn't to be, but after sitting there for about 5 minutes, it lifted off and started to fly towards me. The light was pretty terrible, but I managed to get a couple of OK record shots.It flew off strongly to the south and that I believe, is the last time it was seen. I was very lucky to have seen it at all. It will now be well on its way to Africa by now I'm sure.Another migrant on its way south was this Northern Wheatear. They spend the summer in this country and breed mainly in the north and west of Britain. It is another bird destined for Africa.