There is no sign of visiting twitchers returning home anytime soon. Chippy is still full of the migrant birdwatching species, with its distinct green jacket and woolly hatted head.
The numerous members of the species have been spotted running variously up and down The Leys, down Churchill Road, Lord’s Piece Road, Station Road, and Dunstan Avenue, armed with binoculars, cameras and tripods.
Our spies tell us that they are doing wonders for the local economy – in particular, the Old Mill cafe – and charities, after local enterprising residents charged for access to their gardens.
As for the object of their attention – the Oriental Turtle Dove – various reports have come in of it being spotted in trees and gardens around the west end of town.
We’d like to thank it for doing wonders for Chippy’s tourism industry, even if the birdwatching tourists are only a temporary presence!
Pictures © Deborah Webb, and used with permission.