Monday, 10 May 2010

Hectic weekend

Decided to have another gentle bird around Hoveringham saturday morning.....just needed to get some fuel first,and that was how it i was filling up MEGA!!! House Finch-Lands end !!!! Bloody hell not the sort of drive anyone looks forward to,but needs must !! Another yankee passerine,and after last weeks White-throated Sparrow,could have potential.......anyway 6 hours later,2.40pm looking at a crowd looking at nothing at swingates house! The bird is not viewable unless you're in the garden.....thankfully the owners were letting 6 people in at a time,the weather was now very dull and the bird wasnt singing as much and was more elusive,but one hour later-we were escorted in and saw the bird feeding on the back lawn.A yellow variant,and actually not particularly attractive,a few record shots taken...and then back out to let more of the growing crowd see it.Rumours of an escape abound,which is normal,but it is not implausable a bird like this could somehow get to this side of the pond,two spring records on Fair isle,now one in Cornwall.....possible?? Long drive home.Sunday morning i thought il try for the long staying Red-rumped Swallow AGAIN at Rother Valley.......this time at least i saw it well,though it was never very close,choosing to feed high up in the sky........hung around hoping for more than record shots,but alas it wasnt to be.Got home and had just had a sip of a well earned cuppa,when..........MEGA !!! Oriental Pratincole, Lincs !!! Now this was a bit of a bogey bird for me,didnt see the Norfolk bird all those years ago,because i was working a very busy summer 12 hour days...i didnt have a pager back then either........and i missed last years bird because i just couldnt get away from work............this work thing keeps cropping up!!!! Anyway this was my opportunity.....just over a little of an hour later,at the lovely Frampton marsh RSPB........after a long walk,and a scare the bird had flown off,there it was !!! sitting partially obscured but majestically !!! At last Oriental Pratincole in the bag !!! I was a very happy times hard to see and at times very confiding,showing really well !! All the features noted though in some shots a very very thin white trailing edge can be seen,is this a feature the human eye cant see,but digital photography being so good its now discernable ?? Or is it another first/second summer bird?? Is it last years bird.I know they think that some of the Collared Pratincoles are returning birds,that summered in Britain.........indeed when this Oriental was first seen it was identified as Collared and i announced in the car shame it isnt the Oriental returning!!!! Dreams can come true......what a weekend.........British birding dont you just love it !!!!!

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