Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A day of two halves...

This morning was very windy with heavy showers, making going out just about impossible. By lunchtime though, the rain had stopped and the wind eased a bit leaving a lovely warm sunny, if still breezy, afternoon.

So it was off north on foot via the coast path to Craster and back.

Although I wasnt lucky enough to find any scarce let alone rares, a nice scattering of common migrants boosted the OFFH list.

Spotted Flycatcher 3
Redstart 1 male
Grasshopper Warbler 1 on the path had me excited briefly until its identity was revealed. Still good to find a none singer...
Wheatear 1
Whitethroat 1
Whinchat 2
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 4 ( included one feeding a new juvenile, very late.)


This Spotted Fly taking its life into its own hands with its latest meal. It can be seen to be a juvenile bird due to the white dots on the lesser coverts and uppertail coverts ( top pic).

The sea was very rough indeed with huge breakers pounding the shore.

OFFH List 147


Warren Baker said...

wot no moffs ?

You see up 100 Curlew from August to Mar ? You're right, location is everything!

I see Turtle Doves everyday from late April to August :-), but your patch is still infinitely more interesting than mine Stewart :-)

Stewart said...

Yep I would surely swap you a ton of Curlew for one Turtle Dove. One day...

Anonymous said...

Great shots of the Spot Fly Stewart.
You`re like me, bartering with Warren for certain species ;-)