We started each day's outing by listening to the birds around the university parking lot. This day we heard and saw a Whitethroat singing from the saplings on the far side of the railway tracks. A shame he wasn't using any trees closer by, but this shot wasn't too bad.
.... or Common Whitethroat if Mali prefers;)
We moved on from the Eagles and tried a spot overlooking the Sound of Mull for any passing birds, and particularly otters, but nothing was moving in the gusty wind and in the poor light would have made id'ing anything pretty difficult anyway.
the two sub-species are present, icterops and communis, this is the later.
the second year they come together usually communis, leave by the end of August. this year they didn't. and i am happy.
hope you like it.
Thanks guys for sorting out the ID for me yesterday, now I believe I have his good lady, as this one's head looks much paler.
Gosh they were so busy taking food into the nest, they only settled for a few seconds at a time anywhere visible.
We went for a run along the north bank of the River Tay on Sunday and just on the edge of Kingoodie there was a wee layby at the very end of the reed beds overlooking the river.
There were lots of lovely bushes and we found a pair of Whitethroat very busy carting food into the base of a shrub...
This bird was in an apple tree above the picnic table where I had breakfast every morning. He sang all day for the whole week I was there.
But would he sit in the right place without a leaf in front of him.... not once!