Monday, May 18, 2009

'Super' patch tick !

Imagine my surprise when I pulled up next to Buckton Pond early on Saturday morning and after scanning the margins for waders then realised that the nearest duck wasnt just a Mallard !The bird remained throughout the weekend and represented the fourth site record, the last being a drake in 1979 seen by Dave Wardby. It was yet another Buckton duck tick for me, hot on the heels of Shoveler, Goosander and Gadwall. These are hard fought patch ticks ! Pochard next !

Other weekend birds included 4 Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Greenland Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank - which appeared on the scrape after a heavy downpour, Marsh Harrier, ringtail Hen Harrier, Hobby - Dave on 15/5, and a good Swallow passage (100 an hour south along the cliff top on 16/5). Highlights on Flamborough included 7 Dotterel and a singing Icterine Warbler which sounded a bit like 'Sooty and Sweep' talking to each other !

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