Mad dash ‘overseas’

For the past few weeks, there have been a pair of European Bee-eaters nesting in Niton on the Isle of Wight. I’d been hoping to go and see them since the National Trust announced the news, but for various reasons was yet to see them. All of this changed when I was at a ringing session on Friday and noticed on twitter that 3 of the chicks had fledged.  Knowing that there was a high chance of the birds leaving soon after the young fledged, we jumped at the chance and were waiting for the ferry by 2.30pm after finishing ringing at midday.

It was well worth the dash to the Isle of Wight as although the views weren’t as close up as we would have liked, we still had great views of 2 adults flying with House Martins and Swallow.

Record shot of one of the Bee-eaters

Record shot of one of the Bee-eaters

We stayed watching them for over an hour, feeling relieved we hadn’t missed them. Other highlights from our trip included a Hobby, that started chasing the House Martins. This was the second lifer of the day! (with the first, being the Bee-eaters). There was also a Sparrowhawk, 2 or 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Green Woodpecker

Before leaving the island in the evening, we stopped off at St Catherine’s Lighthouse, where a few Swifts were still present, to admire the view.

St Catherine's Lighthouse

St Catherine’s Lighthouse

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