Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Slow and Windy

The title sums today up I’m afraid.

Last night myself and Jesper walked around 5 km is horrendous conditions hoping to dazzle some birds, we didn’t even see anything so catching was out of the question.

Today much of the same. Only 2 recaps and nothing in the way of new birds. A big female Sparrowhawk was hanging by the claws in one net but when I got there she was long gone. I didn’t hear a single bird in the garden until 2 pm and that was a Wren. Bird watching was slow too with only a small flock of Siskin, 4 Redpoll, 6 Goldfinch, a Brambling and c12 Twite flying around. A few gulls rode the surf and around 50 Cormorants and a Red-breasted Merganser flew by.

The undoubted highlight has to be a big adult female Rough-Legged Buzzard, she flew so low giving exceptional views before she powered through and over the rough sea to Germany!

We will try again to Dazzle tonight, a quick check of the beach by Jesper and Anders at least produced a few birds. Grey Plover, Barnacle geese, Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Dunlin are all on the menu then!


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