Saturday, 21 April 2012

It's All In The 'Vis'

I didn't get to the 'obs' until 6.10 a.m. today as I was late back last night from seeing Ian Anderson and band performing Jethro Tull's seminal 1972 album 'Thick As A Brick'. Even though it was still early it wasn't early enough to beat the first inconsiderate b*stard bird flushers (aka as dog walkers)! 

There were few grounded birds this morning other than 2 Willow Warblers and single male Wheatear, instead it was all in the 'vis'. On vis I had 33 Goldfinch, Jackdaw, 3 White Wagtails, 13 Alba Wags, 13 Swallows, House Martin, 71 Linnets, 2 Siskins, 507 Meadow Pipits, Tree Pipit and my first Yellow Wagtail of the spring. 

Out at sea it was quiet but I did have 2 Auk sp., 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 18 Gannets (12 of them were close in giving stonking views of one of my favourite birds), 7 Sandwich Terns, 6 Red-throated Divers, 7 Cormorants, 1965 Knot and 3 Eiders.