Thursday, 14 October 2010

Ouzel Unearthed!

Ring Ouzels seem to be invaiding all south coast headlands at the moment....apart from ours!

So after both Ian M and myself drew a blank at Beer Head AGAIN this morning - I changed tactics. I gave Beer Quarry a look - a fairly large dissused quarry about a mile inland. Here I struck gold!

At first I managed just a brief flight view of an Ring Ouzel, but about twenty minutes later one sat out in the open for a minute or so - result! The first brief view revealed what appeared to be a dull bird, whereas the one that sat out was a stonker, so I'm definitely claiming 1+!

There were loads of Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and a couple Redwings moving about in the same general area - so in truth there may well be a few Ouzels skulking about the place.

Rewinding the day, and Beer Head wasn't as busy as it was yesterday. Over head passage was a bit all over the place, due to the lack of wind. A Golden Plover, a Grey Wagtail and two Reed Buntings were the highlights. There were masses of hirundines about - mostly House Martins. Some where moving straight through, though 500+ were using fences and bushes to rest on...

Getting ready to go!

Grounded birds included 85 Pied Wags, 60 Meadow Pipits, ten Chiffs, six Goldcrest, two Wheatear, one Redwing and one Stonechat. I was surprised to see the Corn Bunting still with us - over a month we've had the pleasure of its company now.

I'll end this post with a couple of Wheatear photos...

Always nice to see - even in this plumage (probably the dullest a Wheatear can look!)

Nooooooooooo - don't fly to Africa yet, stay just a little longer! PLEASE!!!

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