Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More Wheatear


You cannot get enough Wheatear - doesn't matter which species, although here in north Surrey anything other than a Northern will not be believed. The smart chap above decided to give the Priest Hill hummocks a miss and perched on a tree instead. He was so happy with life that he even went into a brief burst of sub-song. I was able to stand and watch just a few metres away, and in the end left him alone, still perched on the branch. If I hadn't seen him fly onto it I might have checked that it wasn't limed...

The other highlight from this morning was a Common Snipe, flushed from the middle of Big Field. Why this species would choose to alight on a bone dry field on a day of clear blue sky I do not know, but there lies one of the reasons that we carry on birding - we just do not know what the next bird is that we will see. And if it happens to be a Wheatear, then that's fine by me. Want another? Go on then...

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  1. I was in Surrey over the weekend, Yatley near Camberly to be exact, and was surprised to see how the river and large fishing lakes around there were showing signs of lack of rainfall, I thought it was just Sheppey. Back here on Sheppey we are still only getting summer migrants in very low numbers at the moment - one day we'll lose these cold North or Easterly winds and things will speed up.

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    1. Let's hope it all changes before mid-May Derek, otherwise it'll be too late!

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  2. I wonder who will win the Wheatear photo prize this year?

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    1. If only I had kept it running for 2017...

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    2. We'd all scream Fix if you had...

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    3. I'd have just called that Fake News, Seth

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