Thursday, 11 April 2013

I Didn't Expect That Today!

There was no birding planned for the day today, the grandparents had the kids and Michelle and I had planned to go to lunch and then take a walk along the coast. This was kind of interrupted when I received a call from a birder alerting me that he had found a female White spotted Bluethroat on the north coast, It was unfortunately not at Reculver though! I was happy to let it go but Michelle decided after lunch to take a walk and look for the Bluethroat, I don't think she had consumed any alcohol by this point so we hopped in the car an off we went. On arrival I made my way to the area concerned and after a few minutes of looking a small bird jumped up on to a fence, it was of course the female White spotted Bluethroat. I spent the next 15 minutes getting fleeting glimpses as it moved low through the bushes but it seemed to spend a lot of time in a garden tight against the bushes. Unfortunately no shots of the bird but the finder has asked me not to broadcast the location of the bird as it was in a private gardens most of the time. Whilst also in the area I noted 5 Swallow going through and 1 Goldcrest in bushes. You know its been a good day when you have seen a Bluethroat in Kent, this bird being my 3rd with males seen at Dungeness and Oare Marshes in previous years.

5 comments:

  1. Excellent stuff Marc, a great bird to see, I've only seen one that was Weybourne Camp about 1986!!!

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  2. Never seen a WSB Marc, wouldn't mind doing so though. Unlucky with the Camera, I know you'd of wanted that photo :-)

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  3. Great to see, shame you didn't have the camera ready.

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  4. Wow very exciting! They are such pretty birds! I can't believe they have been seen at Oare before! One of my local areas!

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  5. WSB in our area April 2008, the only one I ever saw to date and really do wonder if I'll ever see another but who knows. Great one for you Marc. And re Michelle....'I don't think she had consumed any alcohol by this point'....hope she did later Marc!!

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