4 Sep 2011

An interesting week.

The birding  week got off to a good start when a Beeeater flew over my office in Mold calling as it headed north loosely associating with a group of Swallows. Amazing! Thursday saw me at Eastham golf course early doors before work. A Ring-necked Parakeet entertained us flying around squawking for about 40 minute before heading off. Another good record. Unfortunately that was the last of the good weather and Saturday dawned wet and miserable.

An early morning  trip to Hilbre Saturday was worthwhile simply for the number of waders that are beginning to build up. Several smart summer plumaged Grey Plovers were picked out in the early morning gloom as we trundled across in the Landrover.

As the tide began to flood a Curlew Sandpiper was picked out amongst the throng of Tunrstone, Oystercatchers, Knot, Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrel & Dunlin! Despite the inclement weather two new Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler were ringed beofre it was time to leave ahead of the high tide.

Sunday dawned sunny and calm so after completing the alloted chores for the day I decided to try a bit of ringing in the garden with the specific aim of trying to catch some of the Goldfinches now residing on the feeders.  Amongst the other garden visitors were a solitary Chiffchaff which I managed to photograph through the conservatory window.

All in all an interesting weeks worth of records.

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