Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Flycatching up...

While galavanting aimlessly around the UK, Seppy found time to check the blog, and took great glee in sending me a message to say I'd slipped off the podium.

Which prompted some frantic checking of spreadsheets and updating of same. Luckily the addition of some glaring omissions on the sheet, like swift, coot, spotted flycatcher and long-eared owl (heard, but they all count right) sidles me back into second place. Phew!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Royzah's bangin them in

Yes indeedy - the phone is almost red-hot with all of Royzah's news as he lugs his unwieldy frame around the Donmouth, perspiring profusely as he picks off the year ticks..

In just the last couple of weeks alone he has added bonxie, greasy grebe, arctic skua, little gull, a near-mythical black tern, little egret, garden warbler, whinchat, a fackin barred warbler and to top it all, two (count 'em) buff-breasted sandpipers, flying south past the Don. Feck knows what they really were, but they must have been something new for the year I suppose.

Its all go on the Don these days!

Monday, 20 August 2018

Patch ticks and bats...

Spent last night trying some petrel ringing on the patch for the first time.  Managed to catch a few stormies (a full fat patch tick no less!) and rather unexpectedly 8 bats of three species, including a couple of Natterer's (a new bat for me) and rather randomly a long-eared bat (nowhere near a single tree) and some pips.  The first time I've ever been ringing and caught more bats than birds!

Not to worry, the stormies and a redshank the other day put me nicely on 89.42 and slips into second place.

Happy days


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Where's me scope?

At long last the wind has rolled round to the south-west and started to pick up. Time to dig out the scope and fling me leg over the wall at Galley for a seawatch or two! Its been ok too, good numbers of Great Shearwaters (360-odd, count 'em) and Cory's Shearwaters (51, count 'em again), plus a couple of Balearic Shearwaters and a good few Sooty Shearwaters. Plus padders like Tystie, Common Tern (Thanks Ross!), Bonxie and the like to bump up the numbers. All good. Sadly just shy of Bushveld's total - looks like I'll have to give the sea another lash again shortly!

Monday, 9 July 2018

All a bit swift

I feel bad for doing this to Bushveld, but we've just updated our score. Swift and the two martins, together with red legged partridge takes us to 95.63%. Its pretty dull out there just now, but that does free up plenty time for cycling.

Thursday, 5 July 2018


My first Lesser black-back gull since 2nd April 2016 puts me just two species away from a place I've never been.

Happy days


Monday, 25 June 2018

A rosy patch tick

Happy days

A rosy starling has graced Bullers this last week, nicely in the patch.

Added puffin at last and three swifts of the common variety.

Puts me nicely on 85.58%