Spot them be­fore they go

Country Living (UK) - - Emporium -

SHORT­EN­ING DAYS MARK SUM­MER’S END – a time when mil­lions of birds pre­pare for long-haul travel to their win­ter homes. In the past, un­able to ac­count for this ‘dis­ap­pear­ance’, peo­ple be­lieved that birds hi­ber­nated or re­treated un­der­ground or even un­der­wa­ter. With the in­ven­tion of satel­lite track­ing, we now know the routes they nav­i­gate: thou­sands of miles across oceans and deserts. Watch out for os­prey (Pan­dion hali­ae­tus) fish­ing in lakes in Scot­land, Wales and the far north of Eng­land, be­fore they start their epic jour­ney to Africa across the Sa­hara. With binoc­u­lars to hand, hun­ker down in a hide or head to the coast for a chance to see Scan­di­na­vian trav­ellers such as fly­catch­ers (Mus­c­i­cap­i­dae), war­blers (Parul­i­dae) and maybe even a wry­neck (Jynx torquilla). Spots in­clude Gi­bral­tar Point in Lin­colnshire, as well as The Naze and Gun­ners Park in Es­sex. To find out more, visit wildlifetrusts.org/lovewil­dlife.

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