Sunday, 27 September 2015

Quiet Weekend

 Cetti's Warbler at the observatory
A fairly quiet weekend, the short sea watches I have done have been unproductive. The walks around the peninsular have produced reasonable numbers of Siskins, Meadow Pipits, Reed buntings, Chiffchaffs and Hirundines, with small numbers of  Goldcrests, Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats Wheatears, Whinchats and a few Grey Wagtails over. A highlight was a very brief juvenile Red-footed Falcon opposite the Go Cart track on Saturday afternoon, also seen there up to 5 Common Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, a Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Hobby.
Scotney held a party of c20 Yellow Wagtails, 20+ Curlew, c100 Golden Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Egyptian Geese among all the other feral Geese.
A check of the Egret Roost at the ARC saw the Cattle Egret, 4 Great White Egrets and 9 Little Egrets, there were 5 Great White Egrets on Burrowes this afternoon per SB.
While checking The Moat this morning I was fortunate enough to witness the harshness of nature, as a Stoat attacked and killed a Rabbit. 
 Finishing the job
Job done
Wheatear, Galloways
The remains of the fort at the bottom of Galloways

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