Those bits and pieces were observations around my village while going about other business, a morning's walk near the forested area in Rogachevo and a final walk into the valley below my village on my last day.
The two house martin nests on my house both had a second brood this year and the young ones had only just fledged the nest as I was leaving. They will be making a long journey almost straight away.
Most golden oriole left in mid August but I did see one in the last week.
juvenile red backed shrike
One of the best moments was when I spied a muddy pool some twenty five metres ahead. It was attracting a variety of birds including a nightingale and two male blackcap as well as blackbird and house sparrow.
two male blackcap
I suspect I would have seen more if I had stayed longer but as is often the case there was a flurry of activity involving several species followed by absolutely nothing. I suspect another flurry would have occurred if I had had the time.
male red backed shrike
long legged buzzard
Like in my village the skies were full of barn swallow and house martin though Rogachevo also has red-rumped swallow.
Waves of European bee-eater were passing through all morning.
closer view of a European bee-eater
My third spot of birding was a short walk into the valley next to my village. I could see that the stream was swollen this year and had changed course. All was as a result of the increased rainfall this year. Probably as a result of the increased water there was a higher density of yellow wagtail than I have seen in previous years.
a family of yellow wagtail (feldegg)
single yellow wagtail
Finally this valley throngs with the sound of corn bunting in all but the coldest weather.
I am now in Oman and back in to Middle eastern birding. My next blog reports on what I saw walking round the block by my hotel during a short stay in Muscat. This was before going on to Salalah where I am now working.