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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Having a flake with that ?


Reached the 99 after adding four more to the list in the pits this Saturday morning. Waxwings found just north of Westoning were my second flock found of the year and a bit of a surprise as most seemed to have moved through, perhaps they are on their way back ? After last week I did not need to add Scaup but six at Brogborough would have been enough for a steal after only two there last week. Two SFYT though at Marston Vale with a Cettis shouting at me in the WL9 reedbed right next to the vehicular entrance before spotting an Oystercatcher on the island in the Pillinge with some Lapwing. A quick scan of Stewartby and Quest did not give anything for the notebook so it was time to drop into Chimney Corner South which has been good to me this year and once again obliged with a SFYT female Pintail, associating loosely with 70 Wigeon, The ducks here had a brief panic as a Bittern appeared over the bank and flew over the water before dropping into the reeds. This seemed to have come from the North pit so could well have been the bird I found there in early February, perhaps disturbed by the two dog walkers that appeared soon after distantly on the footpath at the back of this pit. A quick look in Rookery on the way back to see if it was suitable for waders and thinking Ringed Plover etc was enough for the 99 but not what had been expected; my first Raven of the year flew over cronking loudly while inspecting all the Teal for the orientation of white stripes.

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  1. Blinking flip Andy, that is a serious 'Saturday spurt!' I'll have to watch my back...although I can't find a Wren on a farthing at the moment! D

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  2. The boy is on serious form. Getting four in a day in Feb would have been amazing but four in March. I guess AG has spotted the only way to be a contender is to pick a local patch better than some scrotty park in Luton. Making the trip to Chimney Corner each week is working out well. Only taken a few years to cotton on.

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  3. ............Luton boys do take a while to catch on. Though the diminutive Mr. Grimsey is certainly punching above his weight. The SFYL has certainly got more of an edge this year............I'll be lucky not to be accepting the wooden spoon at the award ceremony at the end of the year.

    Matt- The Lord Lucan of Beds Birding.

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  4. Three of them were due at some point, pleased with pintail though

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