Wednesday, 30 September 2009

'Wake me up when September ends'

Cool, blustery NW'ly with regular showers! Not the best day for birding, but frantically birding we all were, desperately trying to save this September from being the worst on record for rarities!
At around 10.30 it happened - Chas Holt & Steve Turner found a Pechora Pipit in the Kenaby crop. Woohoo! and fitting that it was a Fair Isle special (our 42nd record) that broke the drought! It gave us the run around but eventually everyone had satisfactory views as it picked its way along the tattie furrows and when it flew the distinctive call was ticked by many too!! Happy days!! and reminiscent of the rarity-free September of 2004 when that month was saved by an adult male Red-flanked Bluetail on 29th and then October brought a host of rarities, culminating in Chestnut-eared Bunting and Rufous-tailed Robin!!!!!!
However the floodgates have not opened yet as although another Common Rosefinch was discovered there was little else to report, though I did add Great Northern Diver to the house list!! October tomorrow.......

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