Saturday, 9 October 2010

9 October 2010

A long morning's birding in the North Dunes produced a nice selection of migrants.  Highlights were a Great Grey Shrike, a flyover Woodlark, definitely two but probably three ringtail Hen Harriers, lots of Bramblings, a very tame Common Redpoll, a male Ring Ouzel, a Bullfinch, hundreds of Meadow Pipits, dozens of Reed Buntings, a Grey Wagtail and a Yellow Wagtail, several Redstarts, several Blackcaps, lots of Chiffchaffs and one Wheatear.  Here is a highly detailed and intimate portrait of the Shrike.

3 comments:

Terry said...

Nice one, Sean..! Sounds like a very good morning. Lots of rare birds seem to be turning up in the Europe, maybe the next mega will be by the concrete blocks - Siberian Thrush??

Sean said...

Funny you should say that Terry - had a very interesting flyover thrush this morning at the totem pole bushes, which seemed to go down between Ted's house and the Church, but which we couldn't relocate. Seemed to have a red throat, all pale underparts, and was bigger than Song Thrush... hmm...

Terry said...

Hmm.. indeed! Shame you didn't see it again. Keep looking - next few weeks are when the megas arrive!