Wednesday, September 17, 2008

good to be back

Another calm & still morning produced 1 chiffchaff, 1 willow warbler, 1 male blackcap, a couple of goldcrests and 2 siskins over. All a bit different from the last 2 days at Spurn where we were bumping into heaps of redstarts, pied flycatchers, whinchats, tree pipits, lesser whitethroats, 2 wrynecks and a red-backed shrike. These are all species that you don't read about on here very often (or at all, in the case of rb shrike) but, I know where I'd rather be!


Late pm news of an american redstart at mizen prompted a swift twitch down there, just in time for very brief views of it up the top of a tree. It fanned its tail, revealing the all-important yellow panels before flicking off, and we couldn't find it again before dusk!

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