Saturday, August 19, 2006

First Barblers, now Necks...

This morning started foggy and calm but soon became sunny and clear with a moderate SE breeze.
Rob and myself spent a few hours this morning scouring various Boulmer sites for migrants with some good results I had another brief visit this evening.
We found a nice WRYNECK in the scrub on the roadside at the top of Alnmouth Golf Course. It was chased into a bean field by a Willow Warbler where it perched in the open for a short while. It then flew back to the same cover and was not seen again. Another great patch tick. Several other typical early drift migrants were found on the patch today too. 3 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats, 3 Reed Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 3+ Garden Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers and 4+ Pied Flycatchers.

'Also rans' came in the form of 4 Greenshank in one flock on a rock pool, a Merlin and a Great spotted Woodpecker. A dash past falcon was almost certainly a Hobby but not enough detail was seen to be claimed. Damn.

Still there always tomorrow. Patch year list standing at a comfortable 141 now.

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