Wednesday, February 9, 2011

some year ticks at last!

Finally got round to reinstating the bird table this morning after it got knocked flat in the recent gales. My luck was in too, as while refilling the feeder, I heard an unfamiliar call. It took a few seconds before I twigged - yellowhammer! Yes boy! Luckily, I'd brought my scope out to scan the lake, so was able to grill it in a bush before it flew off. A good one for the year, as there's usually only a couple of records at Galley in a year.

A sparrowhawk flashed through the same area this lunchtime, perching on a post long enough to nail it. Two year ticks in a day, after weeks of nothing! Maybe the midwinter lull is nearly over? 66 and counting...

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