Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A Nice Stint On The Patch

Well feck me, West Hartford does it again! 

Took the dog out at tea time and on reaching the east shore, I saw a wee wader on the mud.  Clearly a Stint, our eyes met (or rather my bins met its beadies) and it was off low and west.

After the quickest poop'n'scoop known to man and dog, it was home and back with the scope and the copy of Collins (might have been a Long-toed one, you know!!!!!!!) and after five minutes of scanning, success Temminck's added to the patch list (now 94 species since I started visiting it).

AND, a pair of Garganey, and two Ringed Plovers and six Shelducks and loads of Swallows, House and Sand Martins.


  1. I wish I could find such good birds by taking our mutt out for a shit. Maybe I need to train it better to sniff out the rares instead of sniffing out discarded kebabs and other dogs deposits !

    Congrats anyway, a great find, and a couple of gargos too, a good day indeed !

  2. Boo Hiss etc...!!!!! I was on nightshift so couldn't get there, no sign this morning.

    WH has now had both little and temminks - not bad for a flooded field in Cramlington!

    Well done!

  3. Newton - exchange your 'mutt' for a pedigree, Crufts-bred, Beagle! And considering what your patch consistently delivers, my mini success is meagre by comparison (although it was a trouser-twitcher!).

    Sometimes - I agree. For what they are, the Flashes are doing the business at the minute.

    Off again soon for another bash!