27 April 2012

It's raining Wheatears,... and rain,... obviously

Apparently my nightcap is ready so, with brevity as my watchword,... whilst ineffectually dodging raindrops this morning, I saw the following,...

Uskmouth: 9 Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swift, 1 Cuckoo, 9 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, Swallow 65+, 1 Tree Pipit, 23 Wheatear, 7 Whitethroat and enough Willow Warblers to fill a large hessian sack (the old type the General Post Office used to use back in the day, when they were hung at the side of railways and whisked away by noisily snorting trains in a swirl of steam and soot [by which I mean,... back in the rose-tinted days of innocence, before we/they knew how much fuck-uppery was being done by burning all that carbon and chucking particulates into the lungs of apple-cheeked children playing 'chicken' on the bridges]). Oh,... and 1 Bar-headed Goose (on the foreshore with his Canadian missus).

Goldcliff: 1 black-ruffed male Ruff, 1 almost black allover Spotted Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 not black at all Whimbrel, 3 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin, 5+ Swift, 2 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Chinese Goose.

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