Monday, 29 April 2013
A whole 2 hours
A total of nine patch ticks for the year... awesome.
The best of the bunch being a record count of gadwall with three pairs on Meikle. Gadwall might be annual but usually just one or two each year. The best of the rests was a Manxie heading north during a sea watch. The rest being regular stuff but they all count.
Now with 95 species and 61.05%.
On the heals of Cap'n haddock
I want to sax you up
Patch gold on Sunday in the form of a cracking male whinchat. A full fat patch tick, and I don't get many of those. Loads of wheatear still on the patch, with birds in previously unoccupied areas of the hill, and on passage through the lowland fields. 3 red grouse territories. Oystercatcher on nest (until the local farmer harrows the field, at which point the eggs will become oystercatcher omelette, again)
And has Bushy been putting his dirty mits on my redpoll? One had a ring on it. The cheek.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
What a lark!
Skylark from the washing line (year tick hot spot) and newly arrived sedge warblers push me up to 82.42%... But looking like my flirtation with the top of the leaderboard is coming to an end. Ho hum!
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Some helpful additions
Friday, 26 April 2013
Banging them in
Wednesday: Sedge Warbler
Thursday: Lesser Whitethroat
Friday: Reed Warbler
= 96 or about 86%
I went out again and got a Garden Warbler and later on a Red Kite flew over my house = 98 or 88%
First Patch Rare of 2013
Although not a full fat patch tick it's certainly a good un.
Migrants have started to arrive but I'm missing more than seeing and my total so far of 86 is meagre 55.27%.
Must do better
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Boghall strikes back
While there has not been Kumlin's gull in sight a fine vixen did pop through (although I need to change the date stamp).
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Washing line strikes again!
The washing line is a great place for picking up impromptu year ticks. So much so that you'll even find me VOLUNTEERING to hang stuff out (and on any rarity scale me volunteering to do anything is going to be right up there).
This weeks washing line bounty was the first swallow back on patch... followed by a collared dove (a la the extremely dodgy digibinned-with-the-mobile and cropped half to death shot attached). Tricky enough bird on patch... so a bit of a coo to get it (sorry... couldn't resist)!
House martin turned up yesterday evening too taking me to 66 -- which in real money puts me on 80%
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
All go round here
Monday, 15 April 2013
All the best
Sunday, 14 April 2013
No hirundines, warblers, wheatears, etc. yet......
69 species (=53.49%)
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Long Live the King
A few other "spring" birds now filtering in with Reed Bunting, Linnet and Lesser Black-back helping the total on to an underwhelming 68 species (52.71%).
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Monday, 8 April 2013
Friday, 5 April 2013
The abysmal weather finally relented earlier this week. It's still cold, but the sun has been shining, the wind dropping and temperatures slowly rising. At times, dare I say it, it even started to feel like spring.
And so I ventured out for a stroll to the lake on Wednesday evening, and there they were... three sand martins wheeling around overhead. There were a couple of chiffchaffs and a willow warbler foraging in the willows along the lakeshore too, and a small raft of tufted duck out on the water.
That little lot takes me to 63 for the year, putting me on 76.36%, and temporarily floating me back to the top of the leaderboard.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
63 species (=48.84%)