Saturday, 13 April 2013

A Spot of Tiffin

Carry On Up The Khyber and the euphemisms relating to Tiffin.  Hilarious!

So Carry On Birding today, and time for a Little Bunting!

Off with Crammy and Holywell to Elba Park in deepest, darkest Durham, for my fourth attempt.

Easy this time, the wee crowd of anxious birders including some local celebs (Sometimes, Vipers and Howdon to name but three) watching the small hillock near the NE end of the burn and the bird moving from there to the burn and back.

Brilliant - and a Swallow at Arcot on the way home.  Does it get any better?

18:15 hrs - Yes it does get better.  Two House Martins and two Swallows over West Hartford's main Flash, and at least three more Swallows over the roundabout o/s the NFRS HQ. 

What a difference a ray makes

A few solar photons this morning and the world's a better place.  North Korea!  Nuclear War!  Mrs Thatch's funeral arrangements!  Who cares?

Wessie opened up with a SEO hunting (successfully) behind the NFRS HQ.  At the Flash, a Redshank on the west shore accompanied the usual Teal, Lapwings and gullsMipits, Skylarks and Reed Buntings abound, and four GSWs along the wooded edge at the northern perimeter.

And in the area to the west of the copse running north from the sub-station, at least one singing Chiffchaff and three Willow Warblers.

And a second Chiffchaff at the east end of Crosland Way.

Off in a mo for the Little Bunting.  Bring it on!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sometimes Crammy Teaser

Great day all round, to be honest.  No Killdeer over here (but it was last seen high and north-east bound so tomorrow it'll be at Arcot), but equally rewarding was my first ever Siskin on the garden feeders.

And to annoy Crammy, a Woodcock over (No. 8 for the week) and a first for the garden and for Mrs Liverbirder.

Wessie was noisy, especially the newly resident Tree Sparrow, belting its wee lungs out from the top of the tall tree to the east of the north end of the copse.  With Lance Armstrong off the team, Sometimes has taken to fill the void and was 'a vélo à l'île de Château' (some more French for Mr H Blogger!).  So in true Bullseye fashion, look at what you could have won:

Note - digiscoped at 75 yards!

Then off to BNR, with plenty of Siskin, and Woodcock No. 9 (Blah, blah fish!  Blah, blah barrel etc!).

Off out again with the woofles in a mo, so may be more to see and report.

DOUBLE FIGURES - 10th Woodcock of the week flushed from the west arm of the copse north of the sub-station.