Thursday, 18 August 2011

Peeping at waders (or Wading through peeps)

Note this was written yesterday!

Here me now! Biggin’ up all the long legged birds up in this place. So yeah, not many Passeriformes on the land meant attention after work focused on the high tide wade roosts on around Inner Farne.

Totals were good but to be expected with a fair few birds flushed earlier in the day by an RAF cock flying stupidly low over the Inner Group – alas something we are used too.

Sunshine coupled with low wind speeds once again promoted Butterfly action with Red Admiral and Painted Lady dominating the totals while Meadow Brown was notable and Peacock numbers are building after a couple of month absence (gap in generations?).

However todays special treat was to ring Fulmar chicks around the islands (and a couple of cheeky Shag chicks). They aren’t the ‘fowl gulls’ fisherman state, nor the ‘gay gulls’ certain people have claimed - though I can see where they are coming from on both counts! I think beautiful smelling fat chickens are the best I can muster.

So we sit and wait for the easterlies to return. A Manx Shearwater and 2 Bonxies in a brief evening seawatch hold promise but not much!

See ya later.

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