Sunday, 18 March 2012

A Quiet But Interesting Morning

We slipped up this morning by not carrying out any ringing at the'obs'. The forecast last night was for a fairly stiff NNE wind but just after 6.00 a.m. at first light it was fairly calm. Nevertheless I still covered the obs but without mist nets.

One of the first birds I saw or heard was a Goldcrest and by the end of my coverage of the site I had recorded 5 at various locations. The only other grounded birds I had were two male Wheatears just behind the sea wall.


The NNE wind, although light, did slow down the 'vis' this morning, but it wasn't too bad all things considered. I recorded 49 Alba Wags, 13 Linnets, 9 Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin and 95 Meadow Pipits.

Out on the sea it was quiet with just 2 male Eiders, 31 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers and 4 Whooper Swans. I did have one interesting bird in the form of a Bonxie that arrived from the west high and then rapidly headed south. 

I then went on to the cemetery but all I could find were 3 Goldcrests and 3 Robins.

Later in the morning I was back on the coast having a walk with Gail. As we were walking behind the sea wall and heading towards the golf course I could see a white bird walking along the sea wall towards us. I lifted my bins up and it was a cracking male Snow Bunting! Typically I had left my camera at home so couldn't get any pics, which was a shame because it came to within 15-20 feet of us. Anyway, it was a nice way to end a quiet but interesting morning.


Andrew said...

I always enjoy reading your posts.

The only bird I have had on my hand as an adult was a robin tempted by a palm full of seed... and I have the video clip of the moment.

As a child it was my job to release the sparrows caught up in the nets covering my dads strawberries.

You do a wonderful job ringing birds... it's nice to hear that sometimes you just enjoy seeing them.

Fleetwood Birder said...

Thanks Andrew. Even though I handle lots of birds, it is always a privilege to do so, and a close encounter with a Robin as you describe is fantastic. I do enjoy watching birds and always consider myself as a birder who rings, rather than a ringer who birds, if you see what I mean. Cheers, Seumus