I am always amazed how regular birds are in their habits. I am sure we had Wheatear last year at about the same time of year. Now I have images with the dates I think it will be really interested to keep a record of when they arrive. I will not be surprised if its within a few days each year. I will definitely check next year.
I am always pleased to see them when they arrive and stay for a few days as they pass through.
These are so really special birds and I can never imagine not being excited in their presence. I think you would have to be tired of life to not enjoy seeing them. They definitely have an aura of confidence about them as if they know they are something great.
These young buzzards sit in trees calling and calling with their high pitched incessant cry's begging for food. In the end they drop down on some small prey item and feed themselves. It must be so difficult for the adults to ignore them and allow them to get their independence.
I particularly like the old branch that to me really enhances this image.
I think I have seen the full life cycle of these local Roe Deer as I witnessed the fawn when he was very young and suckling from his mother. Now I see him left alone and fending for himself. In the next field I witnessed the buck chasing the doe around, as the Roe Deer rut is in full swing from Mid July to Mid August in the Cotswolds.
This years fawn
It has grown to independence and it so nice to see this one away and surviving independently.
Meanwhile in the long grass in the next field the buck is busy putting all his energy into chasing and protecting the doe in his territory.