Monday 26 October 2009

Is it, isn't it ?

Now the wind has calmed it was nice to get out, although i didn't spend as much time out as i would have liked. A combination of work stuff and trying to find out why SKY were not coming took up far to much time. Once out, it was disappointing to say the least. Patch had 6 Robins, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest and later a Jackdaw that a neighbour had found in there garage, that was taken to Dr Marshall for ringing.

A check of Skaw produced the main interest, though not for very long ? Whilst checking the trap yard a phylosc flew from the cabbages into some bushes, not great views were had but what was seen were yellow legs/feet, short primary projection and a well defined supercillium ? Unfortunately it flew from the trap towards the plantation so i tentatively sent a message 'poss Dusky Warbler'. After spending the next 40 minutes trying to relocate it i went back to the yard to check, fortunately it had returned and was soon in the mouth of the trap, from there trapping it was a formality. Upon closer inspection it was just a Chiffchaff but was surprised when handing it to Dr Marshall for ringing, he himself had to do a double take and commented on the very pale legs/feet and the strong supercillium. Just glad it reappeared, so i didn't have another possible/probable hanging over me. Also at Skaw the Black Redstart, Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests persist. On a positive note i have ordered my new camera and lens, so i should be back to my old photographic self in no time at all.

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