Inspired by the two-wheel birding antics of ADMc ( so far in 2008 his bike list is about 195 ), I thought I would give it a go. My bike has stood in the outhouse for years, untouched gathering cobwebs so I decided the other day to wash and oil it ready to go.
Forgetting how critically unfit I am, a 200 yard jaunt around to the shop and back left me teetering about like Bambi. Who says you never forget how to ride a bike!
So, filled with trepidation, today seemed as good as any to cover my patch on the cycle. The weather was not as bad as forecast as I left home at 8am looking as steady as a newly hatched Peewit, but after a mile or two I seemed to get it all together.
Off I went down to Low Steads and onto the links. This party of Goldfinches were drinking from the stream near the footbridge. From here the route went off road around Longhoughton Steel and in to Boulmer Village...
This is where the wheel came off ( nearly). The chain slipped and trapped between two large cogs. A bout of verbal abuse followed by a physical kicking and my trusty steed was back the right way up...Then off around Seaton Point...
where this Fieldfare was my only new migrant today and my first of the autumn. It looked very tired, probably only just arrived.
Then I circled around the runways back to the village and off home. A few Yellowhammers were in the stubbles.
Todays notebook showed -
Grey Partridge Coveys of 8, 6, 7, 3 and 5.
Grey Wagtail 2
Twite 3 flew S
Golden Plover 75, 300, 17, 50, 20 and 11 flew S
Rock Pipit 4
Grey Plover 3
Bar tailed Godwit 5
Pink footed Goose 14 flew N
Tree Sparrow 11 at Seaton Point
Reed Bunting 5
Song Thrush 2
Meadow Pipit 9 flew S
Greenfinch 22+ at Seaton Point
Red breasted Merganser 2 females N.
A great way to cover the patch more thoroughly than by car, I'll definately try it again, weather (and arse) permitting....I must get one of those gel seats.
138. Twite. ( I've recounted and noticed I had missed a few like Curlew Sand, Barnacle Goose and Grey Wagtail etc...)