Southwest winds are no good for rares, but great for some chop 'n that.
Luckily this little bliter stuck around for a sit down grip.
The Greenish that was brought in by the light NNE winds a couple of days ago remained, crippling in situ, while the winds swung round to the south bringing unexpectedly good seawatching and disgusting general terrestrial conditions. An hour or so between rounds produced 2 juv Black Terns which attempted to fight mother mature southward, loosing (obviously) and heading off north while a lovely Long-tailed Skua also went north amongst some Arctic and Great Skuas and perhaps most strangely of all...3 Grey Herons moving south...
Fresher than a lemon to the eye.
Some 'atmospheric' shots of a few apus apus
And we were lucky enough to have 2 Swifts join us overnight..
Finally as if all this stiff-winged passage wasn't enough to get us...er stiff(?), then the 3 Black-tailed Godwit that passed over early this morning certainly did (a rare bird on the Farnes).
If I were an ID king I'd Say 'note the long legs projecting beyond the tail, couples with the wingbar' but then that's not expert knowledge I guess!
And finally if all this talk of migration and rares is leaving you feeling thoroughly intimidated and inadequate (don't worry I don't even know what I've just gone on about) then here's and Peregrine...oooh sweet familiarity..!
Wana guess its age/sex? Phwaaa