With the advent of some easterlies and bands of rain sweeping in, last weekend had the promise of a few good birds. Luckily the birth of my daughter hasn’t (so far) impeded my self-finding ability – although I am yet to make it to Pegsdon and find myself a Redstart. I managed a few nips to Broom and lucked in on some nice birds and two new SFY ticks.
First up was a Ruff on Friday lunchtime – although this was gazumped by Lee a couple of hours later who found 30! On Saturday morning things improved again with 8 Arctic Terns, a Whinchat, Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, and some Ringed Plovers. Sunday morning was again pretty good – 5 Whimbrel flew over Matt and I, with at least 17 ringed Plovers though, two more Ruff, 9 Golden Plovers and my second SFYL addition of the weekend – a Black Tern. Monday things were a little quieter with 4 Ruff disappearing in to the distance as I got to GLE, but a new Greenshank flew over, 3 Snipe came in, and a Herring Gull loafed in the evening.
Wonder what else I can eek out before the year end?