Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Brian mentioned early this morning that he thought he had spotted a male blackcap in the whitebeam. Just after I'd put out more food for the birds mid-morning lo and behold a male blackcap appeared on the lawn and started to peck at an apple.
Here's a few record shots
I think I'd just been spotted as he looks exceedingly indignant in this picture!
We had a couple of garden sightings of this species in 2007/2008 but the last time a blackcap spent most of the winter in the locality (11 weeks) was in the winter of 2005/06. So I hope this one sticks around for a few weeks.
I also saw my first buzzard of the year this morning - perched in a tree about a mile from home. In recent years we have occasionally seen 2 or 3 soaring high over the garden.