Saturday, September 27, 2008

In the Buckton bag !

Dave was on a role, finding two Yellow-brows in a matter of a hour, other supporting cast included a Long-eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Wheatear and a Red-breasted Flycatcher which I picked up later in the day.

One of the two YBW's and the RBF were caught and ringed together with 60 other birds including small numbers of Goldcrest and a Redwing. Ed had a great time on this his first Buckton visit - two new ringing species and he didn't even know we had caught a YBW until he took it out of the bag !

We had a good shout for a 1st winter Red-footed Falcon which I picked up over the village but views just didn't give us enough despite the fact it had a huge white colour separating its browner back and mantle from its dark head and flew in a manner and had the jizz typical of this species- this bird was also seen by Keith Clarkson at Speeton earlier in the morning but views were equally frustrating. Steve had a brief locustella on the cliff top which can only be described as vanishing and we all had an almost certain Ortolan which did two flight circuits over the main dell calling all the time.

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