Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Brown Shrike

 an adult male in West Yorkshire -- good views but never very close

Monday, October 19, 2020

two Dusky Warbler day

spent far too long trying to get a shot of the Donna Nook Dusky yesterday with the top two images the very best but the Sea View bird was a bit better although never close in the camera it came within 15 feet in the vegetation - an exceptional year for this species in Lincs with at least 6 birds recorded thus far - although rare lets face it they are not that attractive in the warbler stakes -



Saturday, October 17, 2020

coastal failures

its been one of those autumns where everything I seem to see is fleeting or elusive or both - haven't taken a decent image for weeks - on paper days like yesterday look OK; Olive-backed Pipit seen well by two of the crew but for me just a calling fly over, Pallas's warbler seen for less than minute at dusk, Dusky Warbler one calling and a couple of days previous calling and brief flight view, Yellow-browed Warbler just a few seconds view, Firecrest looking up into the canopy, Siberian Chiffchaff wrong side of the river,  but the Redstart, tired Redwing and 5 Crossbills showed well and a Woodcock landed briefly in an awkward pose on the track -- luck must change soon and still finding nothing - that Bluetail must be just around the corner!  also a juvenile Peregrine from earlier in the week 

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Lesser Yellowlegs at Alkborough

the second site bird but 3rd record as a juvenile returned in a subsequent winter -- this bird appears to be a a 2cy individual - no action shots as it didn't actually do much other than sleep and pick around a bit 

Monday, October 05, 2020

a sandy Northern Wheatear

two strikingly pale sandy Northern Wheatears on the beach today, upright stance always adopted, running in short bursts to catch insects and leaping into the air suggested they may be interesting but the requisite Isabelline features were missing with the underwing nailed in a short flight - but single images can be very difficult to interpret correctly -

a few coastal migrants October 4th - 5th

while the fall on the Lincs coast was OK it was nothing startling given the weather conditions - having found a Radde's Warbler and even identified it initially in flight I was always in the wrong position when it did show for a few seconds and hence no images - the 3 Red-breasted Flycatchers were not much better and the theme of the two days was just how difficult birds were to see let alone photograph; herewith two of the Red-breasted Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Robin, Goldcrest, Brambling, Yellow-browed Warbler,