During the past month or so we have spent time with family, mostly for happy reasons but also because my father suffered an unexpected stroke. Fortunately it was at the mild end of the scale and he is recovering, but these things always cause concern.
Avian and other highlights have included Purple Emperors in north Northants and Rutland (where they are now established and quite easily seen), a series of Yellow-legged Gulls at Eyebrook Reservoir, regular encounters with Osprey and Hobby, and the Little Bustard at Methley which for various reasons was my first in Britain. Two nocturnal recordings made in early August captured just Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw and Magpie (the first nocturnal corvids I’ve recorded, possibly disturbed by human activity).
Now the time has come to look back north to Shetland where we shall be returning soon. What will the autumn bring, and will nocturnal recording prove more productive than it did in spring?