Sunday, 21 October 2012

Here and There

Well last week proved to be an excellant one for me. Firstly I visited Burton Mere and surrounding birding sites with Dave(denbigh) and Karl.
We had great weather give or take a couple of downpours,but all in all a fantastic day was had by all!
At Inner marsh Fram dave picked out the Long Billed Dowitcher in with 30+ redshanks YES! a new lifer for me , happy days!
This was followed by a stunning Hobby on our walk back to the car and YES again another first for me , the days getting better by the minute! and we also nearly crushed a smart Common Frog who was sunbathing in the middle of the path !
Onto Burton Mere , all the usual suspects present and from the bottom hide we had better views of the LBD in with some Green Shanks now and we also watched the Hobby hunting over the reedbeds AWESOME!
Off to Parkgate next and we managed to pick up yet another first for me in the form of two Ruddy Shelducks,also we had soem great views of hunting Hen Harrier and Short Eared Owl.

A great day was had by all and we finished the day with 70 species on our list happy days.

HOLYHEAD has been excellant recently with the Barred Warbler, YB Warbler and RB Flycatcher all within walking distance of eachother near the breakwater park,but unfortunately I missed the RBF as i was in Burton mere :-( and the YBW has proved VERY hard to track down too mmmm

But lots of other nice birds around , the Osprey is still present on The Inland Sea going into its 4th!! week!!,also a lovely juv Great Northern Diver has been present for a few days now and the Spoonbill has also made another appearance but Ive not seen it again YET!

The pics of the Osprey where taken on Saturday when i spent a great day Birdwatching locally with my step son to be Alex who incidently was the 9 year old who found the Juv Rose Coloured Starling in Holyhead last winter and he even had the good sense to take a pic of it to show me as he didnt know what it was. We had a great days birding and he was determined to beat our 70 birds from our burton mere visit and well he was over joyed as we ended up with a days total of 75 birds and had great views of Osprey, GND, Barn Owl etc so he was one happy 9year old who's birding bug has well and truely biten!

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