Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Was getting a bit worried that I'd missed yellow-browed warbler for the year, so news of one in Dirk this pm was a big relief. Luckily it was calling a good bit so was easy to pin down in the bottom sycamores (133). It never feels like a proper autumn without a yellow-browed on patch!
With the wind due to go south-east tomorrow, there's still hope of a few more year ticks before the autumn is out!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Gave Galley the works this morning, and was duly rewarded with three (count 'em!) year ticks (129). I did the head first and was impressed by the viz-migging. Plenty of common stuff streaming southwards, with approx. 250 skylarks, 80 chaffinches, 20 redpolls, 15 siskin and also c. 20 magpies going through the motions, before they chickened out and headed back inland again.
In the midst of all this action I picked up a coal tit banging around on telephone wires - a Galley mega! I've seen more yellow-broweds here, and they is far from annual. This one was the first since 2008, so was very welcome! The next highlight was a buzzard, which sadly I got onto a little late, but it must have almost flown over my head! Still, another good one for the year, which is almost guaranteed these days, but you never know! The final year tick was a fine pied flycatcher, which appeared to be fresh in - always great value. The juvenile woodchat shrike was still loitering about the fields at Shite Lane too.
And the wind is still in the east, with light drizzle tonight.....can't wait till morning!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hot news today of a barred warbler loitering in Dirk - big bird, small place and all that - "piece of piss" I thought! Gave it a while late morning but no luck in the fog, however a return visit late pm in the sunshine was inspired, as it showed briefly in a sunny buckthorn bush before retreating again. Full Fat Patch Tick! Result! (126). One day I'll get a nice showy one here tho!
In other news, while I was watching the barred, de langer turned up a whinchat at Long Strand, which was duly notched onto the "from the house" list - bonus! Had a cracking male in the spring so it wasn't new for the year, but they've been pretty scarce in the last few years! South-east winds tonight - who knows what will be out there tomorrow!