Friday, 20 April 2012

Patch reality

Arrived home last night via Malta, Gatwick and Inverness airports. My first hours stroll around the local village patch this morning turned up 2 swallows, 2 linnets, single wheatear, 4 willow warblers, 2 chiffchaffs, 2 bullfinches, and 2 LBB gulls at the river mouth. 7 year ticks in one stroll slightly offset the shock of birding in the real world! Great to be back though and wonderful to see trees! This evening I wandered along the golf course/coast path for 40 minutes in the light rain and cold breeze.  A shelduck and two black-throated divers flying over head were nice surprises with the divers being another year tick. The golf course held flocks of obviously 'new in' birds, including 20+ pied wagtails and 60+ meadow pipits. A number of pairs of oystercatcher and ringed plover are obviously back on territories. The only other bird of note was a single turnstone creeping over the shingle. I have just updated my BTO bird track records and now it is beer o'clock!

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