MY BIRDWATCHING HIGHLIGHTS FOR OCTOBER 2006
|A few final
words for October.
whole a good month with lots of birds to see, as migration is still well
underway. Most of the swallows have gone now - apart from the few that
spend the winter on the south of the island. The warblers have slipped
by largely unnoticed, as their passage in autumn is rapid and secretive,
streaming south as fast as possible with only a very few stopping when
bad weather prevents them going any further.
weather, we had a ferocious storm over the middle of the month with two
people killed by flash floods and three areas were declared disaster
zones. Unpleasant to say the least, this brought home the power of
moving water to be a very destructive force, one to be more than
reference to starlings as being 'dreaded' is there because before we
left England we had a small orchard which was annually devastated by
hordes after screaming hordes that arrived as the crop ripened. So we
never had any to sell and very few to give to friends – apples, pears,
plums, it did not matter a jot, they destroyed the lot. Hence we hate to
see any on
The great white and little egrets are always a delight to see and are almost always seen as being snowy white against a bright blue sky, a photographers dream. I am no photographer unfortunately, but do have an eye for what would make a good picture.
souls have enquired after my health. I can report that my
treatment goes on and I am doing well. There is a slight chance that I
will be able to come off therapy soon, so fingers are well and truly
crossed for a brighter Christmas this year – yes, the festive season
will soon be upon us!
Happy birding wherever you are, this is a truly international hobby and can be enjoyed by all ages, with no bars to any disability or even ability as we are all on a very long learning curve so help each other along, each adding to the others enjoyment and fulfillment. Keep at it!
next month, good watching. Paul Smith.
Paul's Diary highlights commenced at the end of August 2001. The current diary is moved to the diary archive at the end of each month - if you are considering a bird watching trip to NW Crete, the previous highlights may well help you decide the best month for your visit - your link to the diary archive is below.