Autumn isn’t here until………..the Daurian Redstarts appear in the garden. They seem laggards this year. The Blackbirds have been around for a while – 4 of them piping away like a school ref trying to blow the pea out of his whistle. The Olive-backed Pipits are here. Dusky Warbler? Present sir! Dusky Warbler…… Don’t do that. Flycatcher…. Asian Brown? Yes, sir! Redstart, Daurian? Where is Redstart? Is he sick?
And then bursting in rather late comes Redstart D. I’m sorry I’m late sir but I’ve got an excuse. The dog ate my homework but Matron has given me a note, sir!
See me after class, Redstart!