October 29th   Leave a comment

I am in West Africa just now, near Jos, Nigeria. My GPS tells me it is exactly 5,243.57 kilometers from my house in Crail. It took me six hours to fly here. I have been helping to catch and ring birds this morning and we caught a lot of garden warblers and a couple of pied flycatchers. These have come the same 5,000 or so kilometres, although under their own steam. The last pied flycatcher I saw was at Fife Ness a few weeks ago and now I am seeing them at the other end of their journey, although the Fife Ness bird is unlikely to have got here already. The birds today probably left northern Europe at the end of August. The flycatchers are now keeping company with sunbirds, hornbills and parrots and enjoying a temperature of 29 degrees today.

Pied Flycatcher - caught in West Africa for ringing

Posted November 1, 2011 by wildcrail in Sightings

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