Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A magic day on the Farnes - Aug 96

August 20th 1996 - a magic day to be a warden on the Farne Islands, managing to find both a Booted Warbler and a Yellow-breasted Bunting on Brownsman Island in a mad 20 minute spell !
I was only on the island with Stef McKelwee and we hugged each other and jumped up and down with joy ! The Booted could be approached to within 15 feet as it fed on the open bare earth amongst the Puffin burrows. The Bunting was much harder and was a skulker at times. Both birds remained for several days and were enjoyed by the other wardens. At the time, both represented the earliest records in the UK for both species.

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