Saturday, 17 March 2012

At Last

Spent about six hours yesterday, with and without the hound, looking for a Chiffchaff.  As Les Dennis all too frequently says...................

Today, another day, another dollar, but with success.

Finally heard the famous call here.

This place was silent yesterday, and is a little oasis, with Grasshopper Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Willow Tit and Blackcap as well as Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler last year, to name but six.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Short Owls 'Ere

Morning, afternoon and evening; West Hartford and Arcot; SEOs abound.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Nice Surprise

Some people look out of their office window and see a car park.  Some might have a few trees.  Some might even have a Feral Pigeon or two (or even three). 

But as someone whose chores are undertaken in an NE20 postcode, I get this beauty!

Aside from this chappie, two SEO at West Hartford at 6:30am and no Stonechat, one SEO at Arcot at 3:20pm, and two again at WH 3:50pm.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Mad as a March hare!

Patch listing - crazy!  Twitching on a micro scale, especially when there's a bit of competition thrown in.

Saturday morning, about to head off to Doncaster and a text from The Guvnor had me Cruella Deville-ing to Arcot.  And what MEGA had me acting like a boy-racer?  Easy.  No. 72 on the year's Cramelist - Goldeneye!

And this morning, hot on the heels of No. 73, an 06:30 twitch of West Hartford for a Stonechat (our survey said.......).  But four SEOs was an excellent start to the day.

And en route from A to B during work, a quick drop-in to Arcot had No. 73 - Pochard and 74 - Tufted Ducks.  And one SEO (at 2:30pm!  Mental!)

And a second try for the Stoney was another blank, but this time two SEOs were great value, as ever.

Madness, utter madness!!