Thursday, 29 December 2016

A Rocky end to the Year

Courtesy of Jim Hutchins

On the 27th of December news broke (well leaked) on to the internet of a Blue Rock Thrush that
had taken up residence in a suburban estate within the Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
Being just across the border in Gloucestershire I went to have a look at this mediterranean species.

Blue Rock Thrush Stow-on-the-Wold Glos Please view at 1080p HD

I encounter these fabulous birds each spring on Lesvos where their melodic and melancholy call
can be heard from a rocky outcrop echoing through a warming and waking valley, perhaps the
chimney pots and television antennae of this cul de sac were the next best thing.

There are the inevitable discussions regarding the provenance as a mid winter and an inland location
may perhaps suggest a captive origin.

A quintessential Cotswold scene.


Despite the festive time of year, I was expecting to encounter carnage 
on the morning of the 28th within the bucolic cotswold town but was 
pleasantly surprised by the welcoming residents of Fisher 
Close which saw one besieged homeowners kindly sharing a 
Christmas chocolate biscuit selection with grateful bird spotters.

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