Chiffchaff in the Ryhill garden

A sure sign of autumn for me is the flocks of titmice passing through the garden along with the occasional Phylloscopus warbler and today’s offering was a lovely chiffchaff/ The bird was fliting in the autumn red and yellow leaves of an Indian chestnut tree in the garden and was in full song. Lots of these birds on the coast, blown in by easterly winds, but not sure if this was a migrant or a UK bird heading south. Most welecome whatever his origins and, as I didn’t photograph him, here’s one I did earlier on the Yorjshire coast



Peregrine prey remains

I went up onto the tower in mid-January and found that mounds of bird remains had accumulated at the base of the spire, below the favourite perches of the two peregrines. I would estimate that feral pigeons accounted for half of the remains. There were signs of a number of black-headed gulls having been eaten, two or three woodcock and at least two little grebe. Other species identified were jackdaw, starling, blackbird, fieldfare, redwing and teal.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe