Saturday, 24 November 2012

Patch Tick Brute...

This morning my grandma and me went to Seaton Common to try and shake off a bogey bird of mine in the form of Caspian Gull. Meeting up with Michael Murphy, Harry Murphy and Andrew Kinghorn, I was greeted by mist and thick fog allowing me no views whatsoever of any gulls. After about an hour of waiting for the fog to lift, I received a phone call from Alan Curry (never good if I can't get to St. Mary's quickly) telling me that he had found a Glaucous Gull on the rocks near the first car park. So a quick change of plan saw us getting some lunch at Saltholme then heading back for St. Mary's. On arrival at 3 o'clock, I headed straight for the gull roost where I assumed it would be, and after about 10 seconds of looking I found it, what a brute!! I was thrilled to re-find it and finally patch tick it! Dan McGibbon turned up soon after and also saw it, a lifer for him which made it even better! 


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Bee-Eater 3/11/12

After getting a call off Andrew and Kieran this morning, I had soon roped my dad into taking me to seaburn for the bee-eater. Setting off at half 1, we were at Seaburn for quarter past 2 and the bird showed wonderfully for the hour we were there, catching wasps and sitting on the aerials 15 feet away. Amazing bird!