Monday, 26 April 2010

Itchy & Scratchy!

Sunday dawned with a SE'ly wind.....and some birds!
There was nothing exceptional but House Martin (3), Common Redstart and Lesser Whitethroat were all added to the year list. The most abundant species to arrive was Wheatear with c300 on the isle. A couple of Grasshopper Warblers were (uncharacteristically) showing exceedingly well along Hill Dyke and another was flushed from a ditch at Pund. A few other hirundines were noted - at least ten Swallows and a Sand Martin and a scattering of thrushes included one Ring Ouzel. Five Arctic Skuas were the first since they were added to the year list on 12th and a Blackcap was the first since late March. Other arrivals included Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Brambling, 2 Yellowhammer and a Reed Bunting.

The mini-fall at least provided a welcome distraction and short-term release from the worries over the Obs! Hollie, mum and the kids took the ponies out for a walk and they (ponies and children) were as good as gold. Hollie then noticed that Storm was rubbing alot so she investigated and found he had a few lice! I was called in to help groom and treat them later that evening. We (the whole family, minus mum) also got the bikes out and cycled to the Obs - which meant that Lubo got a good run out, because of course he just had to be in front all the way!

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