Saturday, September 30, 2006
The reservoir this morning from the Yorkshire end. Light was v difficult from the hide (down the other end, behind the left end of the yachts). Not much to see either, Mute Swan, 2 were newish, only 9 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 1 Pochard, Lots of Common darter again. Unusual numbers of GB-b Gulls, c70 and 200 herring Gulls but the light made working through them v hard and anyway they mostly flew off (as usual) soon after i got in the hide.
Posted by Alastair at 8:16 pm
Friday, September 29, 2006
The morning started with 16 Goldfinch at home and a likely but distant Siskin.
Two Skylarks going high, west over the church at 9 ish, at least 2 House Martins around the West Cliff streets at lunchtime and a reported raptor in the playground in the afternoon savaging a small bird (presume Sparrowhawk - savaging) all made for an eventful work day.
After work 5 - 6 Golf Course Ravine produced Chiffchaff, 2; Blackcap, 1; a small influx of Blackbirds and Robins and a couple of Goldcrests. Offshore 2 or 3 Sanwich Terns lingered, a kittiwake and a couple of Gannets. The fields around the ravine and flyovers included Yellow Wagtail, only about 12 alba wags which didn't gather for a roost there and a couple of mepits. 150 or Bl-h Gulls were on the fairways with c10 argenteus as I left.
Weather was calm, after heavy rain earlier in the pm. The passerines in the ravine favoured the sunny east side, near the seaside end.
Posted by Alastair at 8:08 pm
Thursday, September 28, 2006
... but the blog appears to be working. A considerable improvement on the previous effort. Now, why does the whole thing only show when I click the refresh button, perhps it will work better tomorrow??? And it's a bit of a faff adding links. Those other ones look loads better, no time for refinement.
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Late afternoon visit to the golf course ravine. High tide and a fresh south-easterly strengthening from 3-4. At home at 18:30 the wind was WSW 5-6, so there was either a rapid change or different conditions on the coast. 17:20 - 18:00
Two new species for the patch, Long-tailed Tits 4 in the ravine with the Blue Tit flock and a Mallard called from near the caravan site across the road. Also of note Goldcrest, 2; Chiffchaff, 1; Grey Wagtail, 1 over; Alba Wag, 32 and a Bullfinch again.
Posted by Alastair at 8:35 pm