Well, now that Barred's a tick, and in anticipation of Vipers' joker appearing at any time, thought I would try and increase my 'dominance' with a Redpoll or two. After a Dusky chat with Sir PC Wanderings last weekend, off the the Carrs 'early doors' in the hope of one. A walk around Newburn Riverside mid-week had failed to locate any, so Option Two was necessary.
All was quiet as I walked west from the east end. A Sparrowhawk was up and off north, and another (or may be the same one) lifted from the hedge further along and flew into the woods. It had a peculiarly visible white 'panel' from the base of the tail running forwards along its flanks as it did so. I have never noticed this in Sprawks before.
And then the text from SH re. Glossy Ibis at Cresswell so a slightly faster amble back to the car, with a calling Willow Tit moving through the hedge alongside.
A Common Buzzard was perched on a telegraph pole opposite on the road from Dinnington to Horton Grange as I drove north.
Needless to say, the Ibis knew I was coming and was never seen again until I left the area at 11 bells. Did spot a male and female Viperus smithicus in the south-facing hide, last seen moving towards the beach. As I left the same hide, a gull was barracking a raptor (or as Americans say, Rap-torr!) over the big pool. Bins raised, male Peregrine. Nice!
And so off home, neither flat nor ecstatic.