Thursday, 13 November 2008

Red Sky In The Morning, Birders Warning

Last night there were Redwings streaming over in the nights sky, so I had high hopes for the vis mig this morning. Unfortunately the presence of more cloud subdued the overhead action somewhat, it was nowhere near as busy as yesterday. The view was nice though, this is how it looked at 07:15.


I stayed here til 08:30. It wasn't a total waste of time with the following totals going into my notebook: 265 Wood Pigeons, 19 Stock Doves, 2 Skylarks, 17 Meadow Pipits, 5 alba Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, 19 Starlings, 186 Chaffinches, 2 Bramblings, 8 Goldfinches, 4 Siskins and 1 Lesser Redpoll. I totally fluffed what would have been the bird of the watch - a patch tick in fact!

I followed this with a look off the seafront, this revealed no Surf Scoter! Just six Common
loafing about offshore. Hopefully it is still around somewhere...?


  1. That is a LOVELY sky shot! Very nice, Steve. :-)

    I'm sure I am not the only reader who is now rather curious to know a lot more about the patch tick 'fluffing'. So, what was it that slipped through the net? Come on Stevie - tell all!

  2. Too painful to re-live I'm afraid Gav! That white rump gleaming as it dropped out of view just as I lined my optics onto it.... : (

  3. Dave! Welcome to my blog : ) Nice to hear from you.

    Yeah, that elusive Bullfinch just doesn't want to get on my patch life list!! Hahahaha!