An improvisatory, essentially indefensible, randomly configured tragi-comedy
(no great revelations are likely to be accrued from its consumption)
26 April 2007
A pre-prandial perambulation to the postbox produced a perfectly performing Pood Parbler, porry the p pey is ptuck pown.
22 April 2007
What is plural for ibis?
Ibises? Ibis'? Ibi? Anyway, probably saw all 17 this evening at Slimbridge although no more than 11 at any one time, still nice though. Another four have rocked up in Somerset, surely Goldcliff will produce before long (Whinchat was the highlight today).
21 April 2007
Any one of the 17 will do
Despite a good look round, I couldn't find a single Glossy Ibis on the patch, surely one of the Slimbridge birds will visit at some point. Did bag my first Gwent Gropper and House Martins of the year plus 1 Spoonbill, 1 White Wagtail, 13 Whimbrel, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Ruff and 1 Greenshank.
17 April 2007
An immature Spoonbill and a stonking summer plumaged Golden Plover were both present on Lagoon 1 at Goldcliff today.
15 April 2007
On the move
The migrants keep coming, although in pretty disappointing numbers; Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Whimbrel were all added to the 'birds I have seen whilst wandering about the patch this year' list. Much more exciting was a patch-tick: Red-legged Partridge! He shoots, he scores! Oh, and the dusky-flanked Tufted hybrid has flown the length of the reserve and is now at Uskmouth, vis mig at its best. Just for comparison, with last weeks slightly over-exposed pics, I managed to obtain some slightly under-exposed pics today.
13 April 2007
Another duck, another possible escape, another reason to stick to passerines. Saul Warth in Gloucestcestcestcestershire looks like a smashing bit of habo by the way, presumably due to money from the hunting fraternity.
09 April 2007
The migrants have landed
A reasonable haul of migrants this weekend: 2 LRP, 2 Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 4-5 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and a metric tonne of Chiffchaffs. Also managed to get some half-decent photos of another of the regular aythya hybrids,... Tufted x Ring-necked? Tufted x something backcross??
01 April 2007
Gwent tick and Gwent dip
Red-breasted Merganser at Goldcliff Pill, no Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Goytre.
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