Sunday, 8 February 2009

What A Difference A Day Makes

Yesterday morning was a fantastic morning of excellent winter birding..... today was just pants!

Sea watching, first from Seaton - then Branscombe - produced nothing unexpected. Good numbers of auks both on the sea and flying past, with all the identifiable ones being Razorbills. Also a few Red-throated Divers and Common Scoters but that was it!

The river today has produced four adult Med Gulls (two winter plumaged birds, the other two not far off full black hoods).

Bun and I went for a nice wander around Trinity Hill, didn't see much at all, no hoped-for Crossbills but four Bullfinch were nice. The scenery was stunning...

The common

The woods

The white stuff even tempted Bun to have a go with his new toy.....

Look at the concentration. The second person in his family to get their photo on this blog in two days!

A search for the Woodlark flock proved fruitless, but I pulled one back on most with two wonderful Red-legged Partridges! Well, they were very distant, doing little, in rubbish light.... but they were wonderful 'cuz they were a year tick!

Now, with all this cold weather, nearly every backwater birder has moaned about the lack of interesting geese! I quite agree, but I've found one! Late this afternoon, showing very VERY well, am having trouble identifying it though....

Soon to be eaten whatever it is - YUMMY!!!!

Looks like tomorrow is going to be rough! Let's hope for some wind-blow rarities...?

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