Monday, 22 October 2012

Reculver Keeps Delivering!

With various texts and Tweets around today about birds being seen at Reculver again I eagerly waited until after work where I then made a visit into the area. There had been thick fog for nearly all the day but it seemed that quality birds were falling out of the skies in the area. Chris had text me earlier about a Lapland Bunting and Dusky Warbler which were in the area and the Lapland in particular had been showing well. I parked up at Chambers Wall and made my down to Coldharbour passing the magic bush the Olive backed Pipit had spent yesterday but there had been no sign today. On reaching the seawall 1 male Ring Ouzel was 'chacking' away and it eventually flew out of the bush and into the fog. 5 Redwings flew out soon afterwards and a few Redshank called from the lagoon. I walked west for a few hundred yards and started to check the area the Bunting had been seen in but when you can only see a few yards in front of you, it makes the job a bit harder. I had no luck at first and decided to check the mound and walk back across the shingle. A few paces later and 1 Shorelark flew up and around me and landed again allowing some nice views through the binoculars. Carrying on a few Chaffinch were feeding and 1 Reed Bunting was with them on the shingle. I kept scanning and at last located the Lapland Bunting (174) which after some patience showed very well down to about 5 metres. The camera was soon in action but again in challenging dull and foggy conditions the results were not that brilliant but a few passed the test. Barry Wright and John Tilbrook arrived and after a chat together I made my way back to the car and off for the Dusky Warbler. Arriving a few minutes later by the caravan park the bushes were alive with birds. Goldcrests seemed to be everywhere and Redwings and 4 Fieldfare flew over. I met the Hindles and we made our way to the area whereby on arrival I managed to hear the Dusky Warbler (175) call twice. Lucky really as after this it seemed to shut up shop for the night. Whilst chatting to other birders 2 Brambling were seen and Robins were falling out of the hedges. The light was fading fast but again I returned home very happy with my efforts and what else will this amazing patch deliver in the next few days. A Pallas's Warbler would be nice please!


8 comments:

  1. Brilliant, how the hell do you see such amount.

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  2. Having a run of 'goodies', good birds and good images....well excellent images actually, exciting stuff Marc.

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  3. Great stuff Marc and some great shots of the latest arrival.

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  4. Nice post again Marc, the birds do keep coming, excellent stuff.

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  5. Days like that are reward for the effort you put in to your patch Marc, hope it doesn't for you end just yet :-)

    Bloody good photo's in the dire conditions i'd say!

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