Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fair Isle Photos

Just a quick one before going to play football!

80 degree bank over north haven in an 8 seater plane, mega!!!

Young Fulmar that got stuck in a field and couldn't take off so what do you do? Throw it off a cliff! Seriously cool feeling!

Self found lifer! Digibinned as it fed with twite through the obs window! Just a little bit of Fair Isle Magic!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Quick visit to the Flashes this evening after dipping on the Tardebigge Garganey.

1 Juv Arctic Tern was on the mud looking like it was roosting with the Common Terns but then flew off south at 8:45pm. Have been checking out the Juv Common Terns to try and pick one out and making myself familiar with the plumage so that I could pick one out so it was really nice to find one this evening. All dark bill, no gingery/brown across the back, shorter legs all noted while the bird was on the deck and also the cap seemed darker and more well defined. Then when it flew the jizz was more bouncy and also an all white rump, no dark bar on the trailing secondaries and a more diffuse front black bar on the front of the wing all noted. A plumage I hadn't seen before and also an Upton lifer taking me to 136 life and only 108 for the year.

Also 3 Greenshank had passed through earlier by 3 people in the hide (none of whom had put it in the book!) Other wise 8 Green Sand, 8 Teal, 1Little Owl on the Chimney and 28 Curlew roosted.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Cornwall 23rd July-5th August

So in this post I will write a summary of what birding I managed to get done in the 14 days I spent near Penzance, Mousehole on a family holiday. (Square brackets after a bird either mean number on life list in red or year list in green)

Day 1 23/07
From House
100+ Manx Shearwater [170]
1 Shag [171]
24 Common Scoter [172]
30+ Gannet
50 Curlew

Day 2 24/07
From House
5+ Fulmar [173]
25 Common Scoter
100+ Manx Shearwater

Day 3 25/07
Gwennap head
1 Balearic Shearwater [245] [174]
500+ Manx Shearwater
15+ Razorbill [175]
3 Guillemot [176]
1 Great Skua [177]
250+ Gannet
20+ Fulmar
10+ Kittiwake
5 Rock Pipit
2 Med Gulls (Ad, Juv)
1 Stuart Croft! (Spooky coincidence from Upton Warren!)

St. Ives
2 Med Gulls (Ad, Juv)

Day 4 26/07
Marazion Marsh RSPB
c20 Sanderling [178]
5 Dunlin
4 Med Gulls (2nd Summer, 3 Juvs)
5 Ringed Plover

1 Sedge Warbler
4 Reed Warbler
2 Blackcap

Day 5 27/07
1 Balearic Shearwater
150 Manx Shearwater
100+ Gannet
20 Fulmar

Cornish Headland
3 Chough [179]
5 Raven
1 Roe Deer

Day 7 29/07
Sennen Cove
3 Med Gulls (Ad, 2 Juvs)
10+ Gannets, flying over head whilst body boarding

Hayle Estuary
5 Whimbrel
20+ Curlew
4 Redshank
5 Little Egrets
5 Med Gull (3ad 2juv)
3 Common Sandpiper

Day 8 30/07
From House
4 Common Sandpipers
1 Juv Med Gull
1 Commic Tern
4 Rock Pipit

Day 9 31/07
Gwennap Head
2 Sooty Shearwater [246] [180]
2 Storm Petrel [247] [181]
3 Balearic Shearwater
500+ Manx Shearwater
5 Razorbill
2 Guillemot
1 Minke Whale

Fishing Trip out of Penzance
1 Balearic Shearwater
5 Manx Shearwaters
2 Storm Petrel

Day 10 01/08
2 Med Gull (ad, juv)
11 Turnstone
20+ Manx Shearwater
100+ Curlew roosted on St Clements rock

Day 11 02/08
Praa Sands
2 Whimbrel
1 Common Sand
6 Med Gull
2 Shag
Most seen at close range from a kayak

Hayle Estuary
2 Whimbrel
1 Dunlin
11 Greylag Geese
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Little Egret

Day 12 03/08
11 Turnstone
Juv Med Gull
Hummingbird Hawkmoth
100+ Manx Shearwater

Day 13 04/08
Gwennap Head
Puffin [248
6 Sooty Shearwater
15 Storm Petrel
5 Balearic Shearwater

Day 14 05/08
Sennen Cove
3 Med Gull 
1 Whimbrel
5+ Kittiwake (over head whilst surfing!)

From House
60+ Manx Shearwater (Means that I have now seen Manx Shearwater everyday for 2 weeks, awsome!)