Sunday, 30 August 2009

Looking back

on the week it is clear that most of the local Swallows and House Martins have departed. There was frenzied feeding behind my house on Wednesday morning and then the wind whipped up and I thought they had moved nearer woodland to feed but the silence around the place today is obvious and the Sparrowhawk can get a free run into the garden! Saturday mornings Prestwick Carr count struggled up to a measly thirty five with only a couple of Willow Warblers to be found. Four Buzzards used the breeze to soar over the woodland but no real highlights so in the afternoon headed up to hotspot Cresswell.

Photographers were camped at the end of the causeway so something was about which I was told by a passing birder on family duty was a Wood Sandpiper. Unable to get any sort of view in the howling gale headed for the hide which was blessed by numerous Black Tailed Godwit and a few Bar tailed. Loads of Dunlin and one Curlew Sandpiper, one Ruff, Curlew with numerous ducks and gulls. Took some shots but struggling with my larger lens got no good results. GB and colleagues called in on the hunt for a Whimbrel but no joy so headed down to the causeway to prospect the Wood Sand which GB located pretty smartly before they headed off on their search. Waited a while and the bird finally came to the near shore but the light conditions were all over the place so just a couple of half decent efforts.

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