Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Bleary eyes

I thought it was about time I started putting in some effort.  So this morning I did an early morning at Broom, followed by a lunchtime back at Broom, then an after work look at Pegsdon, and another drive past Broom on my way home.  I managed two sfyl birds - two Egyptian Geese flew north over Broom in the morning, and a group of three Rouzels amongst a flock of Fieldfares at Pegsdon was the evenings prize.

Next up - waders, Little Gulls, terns, and perhaps some more migrant passerines?

3 comments:

  1. Pah...where's the sport in going to Pegsdon Hills every spring to 'find' Ring Ouzels? Too easy!

    Seriously though, well done mate, and welcome to the wide-awake club. Just think, if you get some early morning practice in now, it won't feel half as bad when August comes around. ;-)

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  2. 'Easy' is the way to go through, surely? Why spend 13 hours a day flogging farmland for perhaps a good bird every two days, when you can go to a known hotspot and within half and hour find three? You need transport! ;o)

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    1. There is no denying that you speak the truth. As I mentioned to Bash the other day, I think I must be a repressed Catholic, on account of the perverse pleasure I seem to derive from making life difficult for myself.

      On the other hand though, there is a lot of satisfaction to be had from finding decent birds in unwatched areas. It kind of puts into perspective what can be found and where - not necessarily at known 'hotspots.' Good for record collection too, if new sites can be identified and regularly monitored.

      Year to date: two Ring Ouzels, Black Redstart, Woodlarks, LEO, LSW, Mealy Redpoll, 20+ Woodcock....those records would almost certainly never have seen the light of day if I hadn't been 'flogging farmland!' But yes, I do need transport - wildfowl and waders are my weakest suits! D
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