bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Filey- 12th October

A great day at Filey looking at migrants. Three Swallows moved south as I arrived and there were many Robins, Song Thrushes, Redwing and Blackbirds newly arrived. Goldcrests were very common in almost every area of trees or scrub and even in dead thistles on open ground. Many looked exhausted as they recovered from their North sea crossing. The wind had swung round to northerly today and apparently there were many more Goldcrests last weekend with strong easterly winds. Whilst looking at Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests in Church Ravine I chanced to meet Ian Corbet who had found a Red- breasted Flycatcher the day before; thank you to him for pointing me in the right direction. I didn’t have to wait long to spot it in a sycamore tree. It offered brief good views before remaining elusive for much of the morning. After midday it became bolder and showed itself well enough for me to make these sketches in my sketchbook. This bird would normally be heading from Scandinavia to spend the winter in Western Asia but has drifted off course in strong easterly winds. Great to see and hear a new bird but I shall remember all those tired Goldcrests most.

Red- breasted Flycathcer- watercolour in sketchbook

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