I'm playing catch up again after a week of varied birding activities. This is also my first post on my lovely new MacBook. I've never used one before so I'm trying to figure out how to use it as I go.
I started off on Tuesday 4th with a twitch to Portworthy near Plymouth in search of a Green-winged Teal. A chap that I'd met a few days earlier at Dawlish Warren had been trying to find it for a while without success. As there was a small area of water out of view, I stayed for a couple of hours just in case it appeared, which it didn't.
|Portworthy Dam, viewed from Fernhill Cross.|
|An obliging Nuthatch....my digiscoping is gradually improving!|
|There's a Bullfinch in there somewhere...|
Friday was our penultimate trip to the Blackdown Hills for a Devon Bird Atlas survey. In the first Tetrad we had 19 species, which amazingly didn't include Wood Pigeon, but we did see 3 Nuthatches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & a Treecreeper.
The second Tetrad contains quite a large area of orchards, so we were inundated by Fieldfares. It was difficult to count as the flocks kept moving about. I suspect that our 105 is a gross under-estimate. We had some fantastic views of them perched in the tops of the trees in the sunlight... even Simon was impressed!
|Simon in action|
|Simon stops the scope blowing over. The Stint was in the front channel|
|Temminck's Stint, another UK first for me (and Simon!)|
Year List now on 214.