golden oriole near Klimentovo,Varna
I was trying without success to take photos of the flock of tree pipit which according to Collins guide could only be on passage. I also missed out on capturing (photographically) another blackcap when I heard the sound of a more exotic summer visitor. There were loud squawking noises which sounded more like Africa than a wet spring day in Bulgaria. It was two male golden oriole communicating. They were so easy to track (but very wary) with loud noises and their bright colour! Nice to see them back.
I have seen a few tawny pipit locally this spring. This one was very well behaved. He allowed me close access and when I get this close normally my camera can produce good things. I am really pleased with this photo.
This blog is only about summer visitors. Above is another summer visitor I saw. It was (and still is) the first Spanish sparrow I have seen locally this spring. Two things are surprising. First, he was alone and second he looked like he had been in a war. I think things have been tough for many migrants this spring in eastern Europe with the cold temperatures (in stark contrast to western Europe by the way).
The final picture is of a local nightingale. Their sounds are everywhere but they only rarely show themselves. Many people make the mistake of looking high in the trees for them but in my experience they are often found one or two metres off the ground. This was certainly the case with this one.
The weather looks better today. I think I'll go birding.