How lucky were we when we wandered through the Newton Hotel grounds on a sunny afternoon in May (yes, there was one!), at just the right time to catch a Bullfinch, Blackcap and Thrush all feeding and singing within 10 metres of each other!
Here's the bully sitting in a tree; note its white rump; this is really distinctive in flight..
It's been a long time since we saw bullfinches around here. We only saw one once last year, over at Darnaway.
Feeling really good about ourselves, we were about to head off, when a Blackcap started to sing above our heads - and in the same tree that the bully was in five minutes earlier.
Notice here the black cap that gives it its name. this bird has a beautiful bubbly song, reminiscent of water trickling down a stream. You can here it sing every time you walk through the quarry off Old Bar Road / Lochloy Road, or when you walk along the river. The song starts early May and will fade away in July.
Finally - this thrush burst on the scene to cap off a great ten minutes of bird watching!