Thursday, 27 October 2016


 A bedraggled Sparrowhawk in the fog this morning
In the lighthouse garden first thing this morning a Firecrest popped up briefly then disappeared in the fog which even completely obscured the power station. As the fog started to lift I made my way to the observatory where another firecrest was in the Moat.
I joined Steve G in a wander around The Desert and beach. We saw very few grounded birds and overhead migration was very thin with just a few Siskin, Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, Redpolls and Skylarks, however we did find a nice female Dartford Warbler which gave us great hope of other goodies to be found. A little further on 2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff were flitting about in a small lone tree. The walk along the beach drew a blank on any Wheatears but we did find a Black Redstart by the Britannia.   
 Dartford Warbler
 As we arrived back at the observatory a Pallas's Warbler was trapped in The moat which unusually gave good views after release.
Pallas's Warbler

Another wander around the Desert and trapping area this afternoon with SG failed to live up to this mornings highs, though a Marsh Harrier hunting the trapping area was nice.
Late afternoon from the causeway 9 Great White Egrets and 7 Little Egrets were feeding on the New Diggings also a red head Goosander there. 

1 comment:

  1. Martin, surely the blogpost title should be 'Cracking sprites'...