Monday, 15 October 2012

Anyone got a chainsaw?

The intoxicating autumnal lure of the Blackdog Burn sycamores to 'crests, sprites and, errr, me becomes weaker each year. As the confer plantations grow, the Fair Isle effect of an isolated habitat patch diminishes. Okay so maybe this is just an excuse for being a crap birder and having nothing to shout out about this weekend. Best I could manage on the patch were Ring Ouzel, Woodcock, Short-eared Owl, 2 Crossbills and a few Siskins. Still, along with a handful of migrants during the previous migrant weather a couple of weeks previous, the year list moves along nicely to 123 (97.62%), two ahead of same stage last year. Still a handful of patch gank that might or might not give itself up,


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