Sunday, 13 November 2011


Yes, I can spell and no I haven't spelt 'rocket' incorrectly! I went to the 'obs' this morning for a quick look before I was dragged back indoors to do some DIY! It was my first visit to the obs for eight days so I was looking forward to seeing what was about. Not a great deal actually!

The first bird I had was a calling Brambling heading south and this was the start of a trickle of vis. The vis included 2 Goldfinch, 4 Pied Wagtails, 13 Meadow Pipits, 4 Carrion Crows, 4 Chaffinch, Fieldfare, 6 Linnets, Redwing, Woodpigeon, 11 Jackdaws and a Siskin. I had a Rock Pipit fly 'in-off' at a great height and then plummet down. It perched on a concrete post to preen before heading off southwest. You will find a grainy picture of it below.

The only birds that I thought were grounded this morning were 14 Blackbirds and a single Song Thrush. Certainly not grounded, but flying in to feed on adjacent farmland were 1,404 Pink-footed Geese. Unfortunately I couldn't see them from the road so couldn't have a look through them to see if they were holding anything else.

The sea was very quiet with just 8 Eiders and 15 Cormorants. I walked back along the hedgerows trying to produce a 'goody' but it wasn't to be. Instead I took a couple of pictures of the beautiful flowering gorse and with the sweet coconut scent of the flowers on the wind I headed home for a spot of decorating. Ouch!


Andrew said...

Sounds like you had a lovely couple of hours off from the DIY.
A lovely shot of the Pipit...

Stringer said...

Don't you get many rock pipits over there then ?

Had my 2nd ever patch water pipit yesterday..... very nice !!

Fleetwood Birder said...

We do G, but they are quite localised. I tend to see them mainly on vis in the autumn, so getting extended views perched up on the patch was nice.

Fleetwood Birder said...

Thanks Andrew.