Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Above - Two Water Rails at Newton Pool. I like the picture third from the top the best. The bird was the drabbest of the two but gave a good show bathing in front of the rushes. Click for a bigger image.
Cool, dull at first brighter later with a moderate SSE 5 breeze.
Met up with JWR and checked out a few sites up the coast for migrants. All areas were quiet. The Newton Pool Water Rails were easily the days best, performing like stars in front of the hide. The bird I assume to be an adult male was very blue grey and easily told from the browner female type. The dull one has some white on the throat.
Elsewhere, a male Merlin flew over our house in that dart shaped flight the books call 'thrush flight'. To me, it looks like a Bee-eater. At Craster a Willow Tit was as good as it got.