June 2015

The first month of Summer is over, but some pictures from June 2015 remain unpublished. Let's fix this.

One of my favourites is the female Common Redstart.

Red-backed Shrikes, male and female.

Corn Bunting

Troyeshchyna outskirts are seen from Puhivka meadows. The direct distance is about 10 km.

Grey Heron fishing

Wild wild wild grass

Montagu's Harrier, adult male. There was also a female; they were hunting together, you know.

Common Whinchat

Common Whitethroat

After six years of birding, I didn't expect a lifer here, but Puhivka is a magic place! Blyth's Reed Warbler! By the way, it's a very rare sighting in Ukraine, especially in the Kyiv region. As far as I know, there were a few records of Blyth's Reed Warbler north of Kharkiv, in the Sumy and Chernihiv regions.

Kestrel

I will finish from where I started, Common Redstart, which is nesting somewhere near my dacha.It's interesting that this is the only place where I've ever seen a redstart! Every year, I can enjoy these beautiful birds in my backyard: they arrive in spring, sing day and night, fly around, and then feed their nestlings. Thank you, Mother Nature, for this!

So, let's look at them all.

This is a female, ladies first!

This is her partner and a father of their kids :)

And, their shy child ))