Monday, 7 September 2009

Distant Views

With the chaos of last week forgot to update the Prestwick Carr list with two new birds. On Monday two female Wheatears graced the horse field but stayed well into the middle whilst on Saturday a Spotted Flycatcher was hunting from the hedge bordering the golf course. So that's
95. Wheatear
96. Spotted Flycatcher
If we get some wet weather may just scrape the hundred this year.
On Sunday after looking in the overgrown wetland and finding two singing Chiff Chaffs, spent a pleasant hour or so seawatching at St Marys Island with another birder. He had found two Red throated divers offshore and when we eventually re-located them there was three, then four, then at least six. Still a good deal of grey on the head and hint of red on the throat. A Sandwich tern was doing Roseatte calls and as we confirmed this ID a dark bird flew south in front of us. It was a dark phase Arctic Skua and after pestering a tern, carried on south. Lots of juvenile and adult Gannets passed by and lost track of time till the weather started turning so headed back to the car. Bloody parking ticket. Eight minutes after the expiry of my allotted time the buggers had given me a ticket. Payments to be made to North Tyneside Council Team grabbing ******** team more like.

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