Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pimp your trig point !

The boys from Tottern..hoe (apologies to Ossie Ardiles)

Got up at 0540hrs this morning intent on another morning at Five Knolls, picked up Steve and Matt and all looked good - low cloud and SW wind.

When we got to 5K's though it all looked very much different - a fog out ! So we dropped a few hundred feet and went to nearby Totternhoe Knolls.

Visibility was much better and after a blank 20 minutes birds started to stream west at very close range. Between 0740 and 0820hrs we had 280 Chaffinch, 12 Reed Bunting, 18 Redpoll, 6 Meadow Pipit and 9 Linnet. The Chaffinch were all in much larger groups (averaging around 20 individulas per flock) than we had encountered at our previous local sites. A good morning was salvaged and as usual included a lot of fun with various impression including my Mr Miyagi from the film 'Karate Kid' and Matt creating a sketch from Little Britain involving Lou and Andy going vis migging - you had to be there ! - 'Yeh I know'.

Best make the most of it with winter round the corner ! (pics SB)

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