I’m fresh in from watching the
Northern Waterthrush down to 10ft this evening so words will be brief and incoherent due to this overdose of stonk.
I was going to say today’s highlight was the Treecreeper found just down from my house (at Carreg Dhu). This mega rare bird boasts only 11 or so (ish) records, so there’s been more than twice as many American waders this autumn alone than Treecreepers ever! But that pesky New World Warbler really has stolen the show...
Treecreeper - rare
Also in the gardens were some super obliging Firecrests (2-3) and Yellow-browed Warbler. Classic.
The ease in winds that brought our dear creeper also allowed plenty of thrush and finch action to get going overhead. With 40 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 3 Skylark 50 Siskin, 2 Redpoll and 60 Chaffinch (rough counts as cant be arsed to open notebook) along with notable increases in Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit and Chiffchaff while some Ravens are hanging around.
When the sun finally popped out mid afternoon I went searching for good insects as there’s been a good run recently..but alas none were found beyond some Silver Y, Rusty Dot Pearl and Diamond-backed Moth. So another look at the Yellow-browed and Firecrests at Carreg Dhu was in order:
Again almost..but not
Classic views of this confiding YBW
News crackled through that the Waterthrush was showing ‘exceptionally’ well down at Lower Moors so I took the chance to catch up with mr crippler again. And OMG as they say in hyper
comdies. It. Showed. Well. Down to perhaps 10ft calling, flycatching, bobbing and generally gripping on site. camp American
Just imagine putting your bins up to this..
You see that vegeation obscuring it? It was perching in that vegetation!
Whilst I was at Lower Moors I though I'd have a token look at the Wilson's Snipe: