Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Lies all lies!!!

Well not really.
In my last post I complained about the fact that I would not be able to get any birding done until early June, I forgot that I was going on holiday. Oops.
The day before I went on holiday I managed a short trip to Linton Lane, Cresswell Pond and Duridge Pools.
At Linton I managed to see 6 Glaucous Gulls on the small pond as well as my first sighting of the Linton Lane Fox next to the bigger pond. No sign of the Icleand Gull though.
Nothing much at Cresswell apart from 15 Yellowhammers in the bushes next to the hide.
I was hoping to see the Firecrests reported at Duridge Pools the day before but no joy there either.
On holiday I managed to get my bird total from 143 to 158 when I saw House Bunting, Bee Eater, Crested Lark, White Stork, Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift, Little Swift, Crag Martin, Great Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Northern Wheatear, Lesser Kestrel, Cattle Egret, Nightingale, Montagu's Harrier and a Short Toed Eagle. Guess where I went yet?
I was frustrated to see that a Hooded Crow was at Cresswell Pond in my absence but on Monday I did manage to see the Pallas Warbler at the rising sun country park. No sign of the Red Crested Pochard.