Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Third Time (Un)lucky

N-b-t-S - Y-l G, Sabine's Gull, hods of shearwaters and today?  Rain, rain and more rain.  The southerlies meant the wee brick house, normally a godsend, was not, as the elements blew in and optics, specs and my right side got sodden.

After an hour, common sense prevailed and breakfast beckoned.

The tally as I left at 8:15?  Four Manxies (so 'routine' they never even appeared on Bird Map) and one Darctic Skua, all north.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

You should have been there..............

..........unless you were Martin K,and you were!!

6:15pm - Church Point - crackin' two hours, the first on my lonesome, the second with Mr K, and what a duo (the hours not necessarily the birders).

Double busy,with the usual suspects, but a steady stream of Sooties and Manxies, the former nearer 40 when we were done, the latter nearer 50.  Su-feckin'-perb!

Five Bonxies north and a pale phase Arctic south too.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Game of Two Halves

4:40pm - Merlin spotted by Crammy Birder at the side of West Hartford's new fire station sitting on the kerbside was gone within five minutes of the text landing in my 'in' box and me getting there.  Boo-hiss!

6:15pm to 8:00pm this evening at Church Point - absolutely manic in terms of birds moving north.  Hundreds of terns, Kittiwakes and Gannets, with Manxies (a dozen) and one Bonxie being harrassed by two Gannets.

Best was a small flock of terns and Kitties feeding 750 metres out and moving slowly north, and in amongst them, an adult Sabine's Gull.  I watched the flock for 45 minutes in total, and had it landing on  the sea several times.  Hoo-rah!