Coming back form an excellent Birdfair 2012, and looking forward. Autumn. Migration. All kinds of stories to be in, and I would like to be in some good stories this autumn!
I am thinking Tree Pipits right now. They start moving in the Sheffield area in late August and I am experimenting with nocturnal recording, so wondering if I will get one.
And September is very close- when it really kicks off, so I am thinking about the ‘Indian Tree Pipit’ – old speak for the Olive-backed Pipit. Been fortunate to be in on finding 4 of these on Shetland in the last few years and for me an ‘ultimate Sibe’. Then maybe there will be some next spring at the ultimate migratory watch in Eilat, Israel.
Here’s what I am on about:
Tree Pipit, Eilat, March 2012. I had the privilege of speaking about spring migration in Eilat at the Birdfair. This was one of many Tree Pipits seen. A species I always enjoy connecting with and currently hoping for some on my night time recording locally– maybe in the next few days (even over my house?).
Tree Pipits and (big numbers) of Meadow Pipits will be moving through Sheffield and Spurn in the next few weeks. Nice to see them close, when you can discern differences in the bill shape and head patterns.:
and (one of) the love(s) of my life which as I look ahead I am hoping for AGAIN! Still a few places left on 2nd week and ONE PLACE has become available on week one due to a cancellation. All info on Shetland Nature pages