31 October 2010

Lapland Bunting

A wander around Otter Head this afternoon resulted in Jaffa finding a Lapland Bunting in amongst a flock of around 70 Skylarks. The bird was mainly seen in flight but we did manage to get some good views on the ground. The estuary produced much the same as yesterday with the Glossy Ibis seen again (albeit very distantly), 30 Redwings, 20 Curlew and 1-2 Kingfishers. At dusk around 5000 Starlings gave a spectacular display at the regular roost site, while trying to avoid falling prey to a couple of Sparrowhawks.

30 October 2010

Back in the field!

A late autumn trip to Devon to visit good friends Jaffa (aka the Cream Tea Birder) and Helen seemed the perfect way to take a break from renovating the house. We spent most of today checking out Jaffa's patch. The coastal path around Budleigh Salterton was crawling with Goldcrests, but there was nothing of note on the sea despite the strong south-westerly. The Otter Estuary was also very quiet with just 25 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 30 Teal and 15 Wigeon noted. However I did manage to catch up with the last of the flock of 20 Glossy Ibises that turned up in September. The bird showed ridiculously well in the morning sunlight, but this didn't make getting a decent digiscoped shot any easier, as the photo below clearly shows.