Monday, 18 April 2011

Dotterel Delight!

There were some superb Geenland Wheatears on show this mornng - real peachy breasted beasts and browny feathering in the mantle - they almost look a different species to our nominate form.

Peregrine attack and superb sunrise from this morning.

The brisk South easterly winds did not disappoint this morning. You know ou are in for a good morning when the first birds you hear are a group of Tree Pipits overhead at dawn. Not long after the spectacular sunrise came the highlight when a calling Golden Plover unsettled a group of 8 Dotterel which were resting on the limetones. They called several times, lifted, circled the headland and continued on after the Goldie heading north. It was over all too soon. Other migrant totals were Yellow Wagtail, 15+ Tree pipits (including a displaying pair behind the cemetery), whiethroat, Brambling, 100+ Lesser Redpolls, 20+ Goldfinhc, 20+ Swallow and a lone Sand Martin. 40+ Wheatear were made up mostly of Greenland birds, including some real beats. 10+ Woodpigeon and 4 Collared Dove flew through too.

1 comment:

  1. Another cracking morning mate, love the pic of the sun - especially how it shows up some 'sunspots'!