Saturday, 28 September 2013
Couldn't resist the chance of a Life tick at Whitburn this morning so toddled off south (Crammy was doing something with goats in the Cheviots?!?!?! in search of the Richard's Pipit(s). Arrived to see a few scopes looking west over the road into the field, with reports of two of the three having flown off and the remaining one not seen for a while. Within five to ten minutes, they were spotted flying back in, so one tick, and then later, two birds in the same scope view. And a Whinchat too! Too far for even a half decent record shot, so here's some from Portugal last week.
Monday, 23 September 2013
Got back on Saturday from five days of Algarvian birding; quite simply, superb! The list: Owl (not seen, but persistently hissing from a nearby tree all night) / Honey Buzzard / Fan-tailed Warbler / Turtle Dove / Warbler (mystery so far, green above and yellow below with very long legs) / Cockatiel / Crested Tit / Greenfinch / Serin / Iberian Chiffchaff / Sandwich Tern / Subalpine Warbler / Sand Martin / Great Tit / Southern Grey Shrike / Starling / Curlew / Jay / Greenshank / Barwit / Med Gull / Little Grebe / Coot / Purple Swamphen / Glossy Ibis / Shoveler / Red-crested Pochard / Great Crested Grebe / Pochard / Moorhen / Hoopoe / Cetti's / Pied Fly / Wigeon / Black-headed Weaver / Woodchat Shrike / Spot Fly / Redstart / Gannet / Crested Lark / Stonechat / Azure-winged Mag / Crag Martin / Mallard / Kingfisher / Blue Rock Thrush / Lesser Kestrel / Goldfinch / Little Stint / Osprey / Red-legged Partridge/ Caspian Tern / Green Sand / Wheatear / Red-rumped Swallow / Black-winged Stilt / Redshank / Lesser Black-backed Gull / Grey Plover / Curlew Sand / Common Sand / Audouin's Gull / Grey Heron / Greater Flamingo / Kentish Plover / Black-headed Gull / Avocet / Blackwit / Spoonbill / Common Waxbill / Yellow Wagtail / Whimbrel / Sardinian Warbler / White Wagtail / Dunlin / Swallow / House Sparrow / House Martin / Swift / Turnstone / Sanderling / Ringed Plover