Sunday, 13 September 2009

Trot on!

A much calmer day and although the wind was still in the north-west, it was very light and it was dry. Surely there would be some birds today? The answer was 'Very little'. The highlight, by a long way, was had by Jack - a juvenile Dotterel over Ward Hill. The best the south could muster were two Barred Warblers, a Common Rosefinch, a Chiffchaff and the first (six) Pinkfeet of the autumn! At least three Lesser Whitethroats were also an increase whilst Ruff, Sand Martin and two Common Crossbill are presumably lingerers. Census counts were actually dominated by Skylarks (155) and Meadow Pipits (680).
In the afternoon I was persuaded by Hollie to help her exercise the ponies. So, along with Fyntan, Raven, Ythan & Lowri we went around the east loop and all four bairns 'had a shot' at walking and trotting on Storm, whilst Bijoux ambled along behind.
The builders were expecting the barge again today with more of the Obs pods, but despite keeping a watchful eye, I never saw it come by the south end.
Late news this evening.....Simon's had a Marsh Harrier over Hoini!!

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