I have a couple of blog posts in the making at the moment, but I just wanted to slip this one in with all the latest from the house.
As I write this, sat in the conservatory with the back doors wide open, I can hear the 81st species of bird added to my lockdown house list. Earlier this morning Phil found a couple of Avocet on Black Hole Marsh, which pleasingly I saw tonight during my evening exercise walk. Once I had returned home a bedroom window vigil failed to show them, but they have been calling sporadically since it's got dark - which is rather nice as it happens to be one of my favourite wader calls. This is what they looked like on Black Hole Marsh earlier this evening...
|They were in stunning plumage, and on size a male and female|
Species number 80 was an slightly overdue one, with a male Bullfinch (scoped I must add - it wasn't close!) late afternoon yesterday.
Back to today, and I was thrilled to see my fifth Osprey of the spring, which flew very low north over Primrose Way at 16:30. So often when the gulls take off and start giving that distinctive 'there's a raptor coming' alarm call, it can take a while before you actually spot what it is that has spooked them. Sometimes, well quite often really, you don't spot it at all. But this time I looked up and it was right there just above roof top height, so impressive that I actually said "wow" out loud! Of course by the time I got the camera out it was further north and had begun circling up, but I managed to grab the below pic. This was our second Osprey of the day, as Kevin saw another fly NE over his place at 14:50.
|A distinctive bird with broken tips on two of the primaries on its right wing, as well as the obvious wing moult|
The other very exciting news I have to share is that my reeling neighbour - the Grasshopper Warbler I first discovered from my back garden five days ago - is amazingly still here! Bizarre really as where he is looks nothing like traditional breeding Gropper habitat at all, I wouldn't even think to look for a migrant one there! It's basically just a hedge in between two intensively managed ecologically barren crop fields. Still, there must be something he likes, and although throughout the day he doesn't make a sound, from about 19:45 he's been reeling almost non-stop til around 21:15. Such a treat - I can actually hear him whilst lying in bed!
A couple of evenings ago I went back out into the field hoping to see him. No luck there, but his vocal performance was off the scale...
Stay safe everyone.