Sunday, 23 October 2011
Arriving on Monday I had planned my route to hopefully connect with all the birds currently on st Mary's. My walk to Borough Farm to see the UPLAND SANDPIPER was fairly uneventful and within five minutes the bird was walking up and down the bulb field furrows showing well for 45 minutes. I strolled down to 'Juliet's Garden' for lunch and within a couple of minutes the three BLACK KITES which had toured the islands yesterday appeared over the Garrison and I tracked them over Telegraph. I decided on an afternoon of hopefully connecting with the MELODIOUS WARBLER and WILSON'S SNIPE. The Melodious Warbler was very tricky with an hour and a half wait before it gave itself up. I then made my way to the ISBG Hide on Lower Moors where the Wilson's Snipe showed immediately and I made my way to the Guest house knowing birding couldn't always be that easy.
A big thank you to Bob and Tina at 'Shearwater' who provided an excellent base and the M25 on Friday night for not being totally jammed.
I know I've added a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL picture in the hand as well.
Saturday, 15 October 2011
As a postscript to the last post I did manage to catch up with the Dusky and Yellow-Browed Warbler this afternoon.Arriving at just after 4.00 p.m. I was soon joined joined by the Hindle clan and after about 15 minutes of chasing a tac tac tac noise up the tree line it finally gave itself up for some very good views... for a Dusky. The Yellow Browed was the only bird in the park trees and with Coventry beating Forest all in all a pretty good day.
Marc called at 7.30 a.m. yesterday morning and I expected him to tell me he had refound the Pallas' Warbler. However, it was a real mega in the form of a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL which had been caught by Matt and Chris Hindle. They were going to release it at 8.30 a.m. at Chambers Wall and I enjoyed 5 minutes with the bird before its release. This morning I enjoyed a beautiful sunny morning stroll to Cold Harbour and back and 45 minutes around the caravan bushes. The undoubted highlight was a SHORT-EARED OWL which flew in off the sea and alighted near the Oyster Farm. We also had good views of the bird when we returned along the sea wall - the second owl that Ann Hindle had spooked in a day following her close encounter with a Barn Owl. Totals for today included : 22 Meadow Pipit, 10 Skylark, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Little Owl, 1 WATER RAIL, 15 Siskin, 12 Redpoll, 4 Turnstone, 3 Wheatear, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Little Egret. An enjoyable time - shame we didn't find a Dusky Warbler.