Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Rough and ready

Well the past few days have been a continuation of windy but warm (and generally sunny) conditions that has undoubtedly aided some of the rares that are currently turning up.

The Farnes has been no exception with more migrants turning up (although the rare is yet to appear) including some cracking birds.

The day after my last post (Sunday ish) involved a dash to Brownsman in search of Tree Sparrow and Black Redstart. The male ‘Black Red’ showed brilliantly accompanied by a male Blackcap grovelling on the boardwalk and Goldcrest on the cottage roof – just insane! But alas the sparrow did not materialise, however this didn’t dampen our moods with another beautiful sunset over these incredible islands.

Brownsman seabirds - Guillemot, Puffin, Fulmar

On Inner Farne 8 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 7 Wheatear and 3 Jackdaw were the more notable species.

Monday dawned sunny and ended hot with an Osprey (2nd in 3 days) drifting low over Knoxes in the early evening sun. The first Inner Farne Chiff was singing away while 2 Wheatear kept up the migrant theme.

Today has been very sunny, in fact blazingly beautiful and has brought a more diverse range of springy stuff for our delectation.
A Red Chestnut was trapped in the blustery conditions overnight, while Red-tailed Bumblebee, Small Tortoiseshell (6+) and Peacock (2N) represented the inverts.

Birdwise the Chiff total increased to 2 and the my first Common Tern drifted over the kettle this eve.

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