Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Return to random

If I'm being totally honest I think that I'm running out of 'Hawfinch steam'. I'm considering not visiting Bramblehall Wood again, mainly because I cannot bare the thought of ultimately staring into an empty canopy where once the hordes were on show - my abiding memory will be of the spectacle, not of a slow demise - but of course, to bump into any by chance as I revert to random birding will be more than welcome. The write-up on the Surrey irruption is well under way, and that can give me my Coccothraustes fix. It's been a blast...

Talking of random birding, the well-trodden paths at Canons Farm were taken this morning. Four Red Kites (two singles and a pair heading between south and west), two singing Chiffchaffs, a couple of Bramblings (including a smart male on the edge of Lunch Wood), 80 Linnets and eight Yellowhammers were ample reward. It's about time that a Marsh Harrier or Osprey deigned to fly over me at the farm (or at least do so when I'm looking in their direction). Both are long overdue. Or a Stone Curlew - I'm not fussy. And seeing that I've just mentioned those three species, I've jinxed them. Not a hope in hell now...

4 comments:

Arjun Dutta said...

Steve I think I've jinxed nearly 200 species in the last year! :)

Steve Gale said...

I do it every year Arjun!

Derek Faulkner said...

You're getting too greedy, settle for an early Swallow and leave the harriers to us marsh people.

Steve Gale said...

There's some truth in that Derek.