Sunday, 27 March 2011

Not One But Two Serins

 At the ARC Pit this morning from the road the 2 Little Ringed Plovers were still present and 3 Goldeneye with little else of note. On to the Light House garden area where 5+ Black Redstarts an 3+ Wheatears were present. A Half hour sea watch produced 40+ Sandwich Terns , 132 Common Scoter, 8 Shovellor, 12 Teal, 4 Red Breasted Mergansers, 4 Red Throated Divers, 64 Brent Geese,  30+ Gannets, 5 Kittiwakes and 6 Meadow Pipits in off. A walk up to and around The Moat was far from inspiring the best being a Peregrine beating up the Pigeons on the Power Station. As i walked back i saw a small group of birders scoping intently by the Experimental Station only to see the scopes go down as i arrived and told that there had been a male Serin on the path and had flown off. Fortunately Dave Walker and myself walked off after the Serin and soon relocated it on some Chickweed. It was very flighty and never allowed close approach but nearly always found patches of Chickweed on to feed which made refinding it easier each time it flew off.  After a couple of hours it went missing for twenty minutes and when i refound it there was a female with it.   

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