Tuesday, 28 September 2010


The wind still blows from the SE but nothing really to shout about, yet. Patch was very poor with just a Blackcap being new, that was until a Common Rosefinch appeared from the cabbages above the tattie rig. A very flighty individual firstly being harassed by mipits then falling in with the local sparrows, but it was a patch year tick nonetheless. Decided to go north first and noticed John Laurie already walking the coast, so went around the top and dropped down at roadside. Whilst checking there, a Redpoll sp flew over, it called once and dropped into a geo. Noticeable was its apparent large size, very white belly and white rump. I called John Laurie and we searched with Dr Marshall joining in the hunt. A Redpoll sp flew over once but again disappeared. A Brambling was being harassed by Rock Pipits then a Common Redpoll appeared around the quarry, but this wasn't my bird. Ah well maybe it was, maybe it wasn't ? From Skaw we 3 checked around for very little. A Barred Warbler and Blackcap at Skibberhoull. A YB Warbler was still in the Hamister rig. My first Whinchat of the year and a Brambling were at Marrister. After lunch Dr Marshall joined me for a visit to Isbister. It was dead, well a couple of Goldcrest and a Redwing. With that we called it a day, that was until i noticed a YB Warbler lobbing around the shed next to Brough quarry. Thankfully another patch yeartick. Rain forecast tomorrow so maybe not so much looking ? We shall see.

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