August 25th   Leave a comment

I have been in Finland for the last two weeks – swifts, pied flycatchers, yellow wagtails and redstarts up at the Arctic circle, and Finnish specialties like red-flanked bluetail, pygmy owl and hazel grouse. But it’s very quiet in Finnish forests in August and it’s nice to be back to distant horizons and a landscape where you can see things. Autumn seems to have crept in while I was away and migration season will soon start in earnest. Our swifts are long gone and there are a lot of swallows and house martins sitting on the wires already. I watched a young male sparrowhawk slipping silently through the trees in Beech Walk park, finally getting some peace to hunt because the swallows were uncharacteristically off sentry duty, sitting preening in their lines, apparently already with thoughts only of the African savanna far ahead of them.

A sparrowhawk – looking forward to when the aerial sentries – the swallows – leave and allow them to hunt by surprise again

Posted August 25, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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