This weekend past was the end of the Feederwatch season for the year – a very satisfying 19 species for the weekend, a round 20 if the White-breasted Nuthatch had turned up (of course he/she did the next day).

Up the road the bird reports from the Arboretum are beginning to heat up with plenty of returning regulars being seen in the last few days. This time of year as migration starts is always exciting.

On Friday, birding takes on a new dimension – we are off for a few days to the Chiracahua Mountains in south-eastern Arizona to stay in the famous Cave Creek Canyon and look for Flammulated Owls, Montezuma Quails and, the holy grail for birders, the Elegant Trogon. Fingers well and truly crossed, this should be fun.