June 15th   Leave a comment

Denburn was full of small birds this afternoon. All the tits – great, blue and coal tit fledged earlier this week and now there are four times the usual number. The new fledglings are very conspicuous, chasing their parents noisily for a feed. Down on the beach it was the same thing with the young starlings, but now they are more or less independent. They have passed through their clumsy, new fledging stage when many were lost to crows and sparrowhawks (as will happen, of course, for a lot of the tits in the coming couple of weeks).

A young starling - now independent and capable and out of the very vulnerable period of a 2-3 weeks after fledging

A young starling – now independent and capable and out of the very vulnerable period of a 2-3 weeks after fledging

There was a spotted flycatcher also in Denburn today. An unusual bird for mid-June and perhaps the latest migrant of a very late year.

Posted June 15, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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