Northern Waterthrush, Upland Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, American Golden Plover, Red-throated Pipit, Bluethroat, Short-toed Lark, adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, up to 5 Wrynecks, Red-backed Shrike, Common Rosefinch, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers,7 Lapland Buntings, Spoonbill, Sibe Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrests, Black Redstart, Jack Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull & 4 Great Shearwaters from a pelagic.
So that was all on the Isles of Scilly yesterday. Tomorrow we’re driving down to Cornwall and on Friday I’ll be sitting in a damp gloomy hide at Dump Clump being savaged by insects (at least that’s how John Hague described it to me) and keeping vigil until the Waterthrush pops out. Despite being found way back in my dim and distant memories of 16th September in the aftermath of Hurricane Katia , it’s still hanging on and teasing me every day. It’s the first time I’ve been so excited since I saw Floella Benjamin turn on the Christmas lights in Stoke in 1996. But if it vanishes before I get there then that’s it – I’m smashing up my bins and going horse riding for a week.
To celebrate the first anniversary of Birdingblogs, I’ll be posting an update each evening, so check in every night for the next week to read one of the following:
1) a round up of all the day’s birding highlights
or (if the Waterthrush leaves before Friday afternoon):
2) my adventures learning how to ride a horse
But don’t worry, because whether it’s birding or horse riding, you can still be sure that I’ll have absolutely nothing of any interest whatsoever to say. But you can’t keep a good man down, or an idiot like me either.
Rich Hoyer: The Evolution of Feathers: It turns out that fancy feathers aren’t such a recent invention after all. This fascinating article
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TomMckinney: DSLR photographer slumps to whole new low: So another absolute disaster in British birding this week. You’ve probably all seen it, but in case
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