Sunday, 28 September 2008
An extreme rarity in NW England, this Rustic Bunting at South Walney Bird Observatory simply had to be twitched. I'm unsure how many records there have been in the NW region, but this I think is a first for Cumbria and the species has yet to be recorded in Lancashire. Perhaps the only NW records are on Bardsey or Calf of Man?? - I'd be interested in knowing.
The Rustic Bunting showed well as it fed on seeds on a path by the Obs (above), but as far as my digiscoping efforts were concerned, there was always something obscuring the view, mainly a fence as can be seen in the videograbs of the bird. A little cracker nontheless. Whinchat and Stonechat also frequented the same area.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Tony Disley obtained the images below through the scope:
Whilst watching the Hobby a large Raptor gave tantalising views low to the north of Boilton Wood, just above the treeline then dropped out of site prompting some speculation as to the species. Very shortly it reappeared, gaining height, and was quickly identified as a juv Honey Buzzard. The bird headed south at 14:30 over Boilton Wood and over the site on a north-south heading.
Montage below by Tony Disley:
Off the top of my head, this latest bird, hot on the heels of a dark morph bird yesterday, represents the 14th site record 2000-2008! - A truly amazing statistic! - The site has been underwatched this past week, surely these are not the only two birds to have passed through?
Saturday, 13 September 2008
And another one so as to ensure everyone is caught in a good pose in at least one of the photos.
Story of the night went to Greater Manchester birder Chris Fog, a wedding day guest back in 1983, who recanted how attending the wedding cost him an inland Leaches Petrel on Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale......Thats birders for you :-)
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Arriving at Hartlepool, the pager informed us that an Icterine Warbler had been trapped somewhere on the Headland, so we made our first stop the Bowling Green nr the Doctors Garden. This was a great decision as no sooner had we got out the car that we were told the Icky was still being processed in a garage-cum-ringing-hut just around the street corner, so we hurried round where in-hand views of a fine Icky was had.
A local birder then walked up and pointed us in the right direction. A few hundred metres away was the depression of Trow Quarry, a superb migrant trap with weedy areas, sycamore, Hawthorn and Elder against a small former quarry face.More migrants were immediately apparent; Pied Flycatcher (above), 5+ Redstart, several Wheatear, Blackcap, Willow Warblers and two Common Whitethroat, soon followed by the absolutely delightful Subalpine Warbler which gave very nice scope views on+off for the next hour.
Subalpine Warbler - Trow Quarry, Co. Durham - 7th Sept 2008.
Whinchat was added to the day list, as was a Wryneck as it fed on a distant cliff face.
Having feasted on the Subalpine and other migrants, we then dipped the second Greenish Warbler of the day, nr the Doctors Garden in Whitburn. Two Spotted Flycatcher were the only migrants of any note.
Now approaching late afternoon, we began to head south and a check of some random bushes at Seaton produced two Redstarts.
Shortly afterwards, the pager alerted us to the discovery of a GREAT SNIPE(!!), seen three times in flight on South Gare! I had only ever seen one before, at Sammies Point, Spurn, in May 1989..... 19 long years ago!
We arrived at the Gare at 17:53, pulling up by a small gathering of birders. Scope out of the car I began to walk over when suddenly they all raised their 'bins' in unison.... The Great Snipe had been flushed and was in flight...... I ran over and immediately got onto the bird with my 'bins'.... Although not close, bulk, mode of flight and dark underwings were apparent.... unquestionably a Great Snipe! What good fortune! - The Snipe landed out of sight behind a ridge so I and others went over in an attempt to relocate the bird, but no joy was had in the next hour, though I did flush a Wryneck from my feet in the process, as well as a few Wheatear.
And there ended another memorable autumn day on the east coast.