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Wednesday 20 September 2017, Wokingham, partly cloudy, light S wind, 15C

As the weather here begins to turn autumnal, the Common Swifts have already left us and small groups of Barn Swallow and House Martin pass overhead on their way to warmer southern climes, it seems as good a time as any to call a halt to the Birdwatch Gaucin blog. I'm going to be based in the UK for the foreseeable future so it seems like the right thing to do. I've really enjoyed reporting on Gaucin bird sightings for the past 8 years and sincerely hope that someone else will fall in love with the village and it's bird-life and take up the mantle.

Anyway, enough of that; who needs to be in Gaucin when you can see mega-cool birds like Grey Phalarope (or should I call it 'Red' as it now seems to be named?) in your own 'back yard'? An absolute beauty that dropped in for just a couple of hours last week!

Grey Phalarope

The local Common Buzzards, Red Kites and Mistle Thrushes aren't bad either....

Common Buzzard

If I don't look at them they'll all go away! Magpies intimidate a Buzzard

Red Kite having a wake up wing stretch

A rather handsome Mistle Thrush
All the best,


1 comment:

  1. Paul, I'm so sorry that you're calling it a day. I have so enjoyed reading your wonderfully informative blog over the years. Thank-you and I hope Janys continues her recovery. Hopefully we'll meet again in Gaucin before too long. All the very best.