Sunday 19 May 2013


Had a pretty productive day at Barmston without scoring massively. A Whimbrel on the beach was good first up and with a singing Reed Warbler in the reedbed I had managed to get 100 up for the patch challenge. No sooner had that happened than hirundines and Swifts were hammering through. No red rumper but plenty of House Martins which were new for the patch year. A Corn Bunting continued to sing which is corking to hear.

At the northern end of the patch a Peregrine made a failed pass at a Feral Pigeon but this I assume was a brief failure judging by the way it tracked the flying rat to the horizon. A smart female Wheatear was cool and looked pretty beefy. In the drain which demarks the northern boundary sat a very cool female Common Scoter giving excellent views. I gave it plenty of room as it was obviously distressed by my surprise appearance.

South of Barmston was pretty lean in the hedges but I did have a brief bit of excitement as I added Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Blackcap to the year list. 107 now which is great. I have been birding during the week but I cant really talk about it at the moment. What I can disclose is the amazing views of Badger, Fallow Deer and Common Lizard in the between times.

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