Friday 10 April 2009

Not a bad start

First proper walk around the patch this year didn't disappoint, well 2 walks the first taking the dogs for a quick circuit. On leaving the house received a text that a non-birding neighbour had possibly seen a Hoopoe fly from the roadside and out of view ? Interesting. The first walk wasn't producing much until 6 Bramblings appeared (patch tick) and 3 Wheatears. After dumping the dogs at home set off for a good check around, again very slow going with only Mipits and Skylarks evident and a fly past Bonxie. It wasn't until 3/4 around i got my first true migrant, well migrants at least 2 Willow Warblers and 3 Chiffchaffs flitting from a small conifer plantation to a nearby garden.

A fruitless search for the Bramblings was rewarded when the earlier possible Hoopoe flew up from beneath my feet, a call went out that i had relocated it or had i found it ? If so it will be the 3rd self found Hoopoe in 3 consecutive years, must be my lucky bird ? It was very flighty never letting us approach it but good flight views were obtained.

The Wheatear count increased to 4 and a Robin was new, possibly. And late news of Hawfinch at Symbister was good news and bodes well for another good day tomorrow.

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