Sunday, May 11, 2008

New bird for the garden ... nearly

Distant Whinchat

A Lesser Whitethroat was the star of the morning, first it rattled away by the conifers and then in the hawthorn opposite the front gate beofre flying off down into the valley bottom. Tetrad tick anyway.

A good day for migrants with an Atlas do in the morning (not really early enough) producing Redstart, Tree Pipit, Cuckoo, Swift and a pair of Whinchat. Four species of wader on the moor, with great views of Golden Plover.

The afternoon was spent wandering around in woodland near Grosmont. This produced a super Wood Warbler and Marsh Tit amongst a variety of things.

Non-avian events included plenty of Hares on the Atlas visit, plenty of Early Purple Orchid around Grosmont and a couple of nice fossils in the river bed there too.

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