Pied Flycatcher - ficedula albicolis
The migratory period is well under way, Elena has spotted Golden Oriole and Roller from the house recently, passing through on their way to Africa. We had the first Chiffchaff today in the trees behind the terrace and have seen a few Pied Flycatchers and Willow Warblers. Crossbills are sharing the pine cones with our resident squirrel; they are all young birds but some are showing signs of colour as they progress into adulthood and I expect they will be on their way to higher ground soon. Our House Martins are becoming increasingly restless, large groups swoop in and out of the nests at dusk. I wonder what this year´s youngsters make of all the excitement? It appears to be stressful as some of them retreat into the security of the nests during the day.
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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