Sunday 11 October 2009

Loco! Loco! Loco?

A light Westerly wind veered Northerly and picked up during the afternoon. There were more thrushes today with 2,300 Redwing, 170 Song Thrush, 170 Blackbird, 30 Fieldfare and 16 Ring Ouzel. Also, the White's Thrush was reported near the Mast. Excitement was provided by a Locustella warbler in the Houll crop but it turned out be just a Grasshopper Warbler. The 'resident' Loco was also seen - the River Warbler in Lower Stoneybrek garden. As the light began to fade, the third Loco of the day was flushed from the Shirva thistles but unfortunately disappeared almost immediately - perhaps tomorrow!? Little Buntings at North Haven and Neder Taft were added to by another at Springfield. The Bluethroat remains at the Obs. Other arrivals included a Yellow-browed Warbler in Furse, a Pied Flycatcher, 10 Dunnock, 23 Blackcap, 6 Reed Bunting and a couple of Water Rail.

Big news away from birds is that Hollie has at last re-acquainted herself
with the ponies! Hollie, Storm, Lachlan, Hannah, Bijoux and Alice all went for a plod around the road and returned home without any hitch!
All at Burkle are gripped by X-Factor and it was the first eviction from the final twelve tonight. The older half of the family were astounded that the annoying twins got through (though the younger ones liked them) but were not surprised that Kandy Rain were eventually voted out!

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