On a final casual walk through the fields, Sherborne’s rich birdlife could be heard in the hedgerows and seen on the wires. All these were photographed in one field in around five minutes, thanks to the convenient power lines passing overhead. These are a yellowhammer, a linnet, and a chaffinch.
And a European Goldfinch:
American readers may be confused by this, since the American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis, is quite different. This one was photographed in Maine.
The Sherborne one is the same one immortalized in paint by Fabritius in 1654, Carduelis carduelis:
I have said goodbye to the swallows in the cloisters:
They’re busily feeding three chicks, sometimes landing on top of each other in their rush to complete their food deliveries:
The chicks are still almost naked with a fuzzy halo of incipient feathers:
And always hungry:
No more from England till the autumn… I’m off to Maine on my annual migration.