WOW! What about that for an opening gambit eh? 'The Fall of the Acrocephalus'
Bigging my act-up or what?
I had a hunch that today would be the day and for once I was right. I crossed the tin bridge and my eye was immediately caught by a stonking male Northern Wheatear feeding around the horse poo on the second paddock. This one really was 'The Mutt's Nuts' and in about the most pristine state of breeding plumage you could imagine, straight off the pages of a field guide.
|Northern Wheatear - Not todays bird!|
Even as I walked back toward the mineral line I could hear my first Reed Warbler of the year and I used a bit of birding technique to get myself good views. There is a widely held belief that birds can't actually count, they don't seem to need the concept. This being the case, if three people walk towards a bird and two walk away, the theory is that the bird will assume they have all gone. Accurate or not it seems to work.
Today by chance a party of pony trekkers was coming across the wooden bridge so I walked just in front of them, stopped and let them carry on past. Now I don't know if it was proof of the theory or not, but within a couple of minutes I was standing enjoying full views of a Reed Warbler, clutching a stem and singing its heart out for me, as good as it gets.
I am watching and enjoying this bird when I suddenly become aware of a movement below it and unbelievably, there is the streakiest looking Sedge Warbler I have ever seen (if it had been autumn I would have got really excited), it was only on view for a couple of seconds, not really long enough to take in all the features but good enough to go on the year list.
|No, not this one either but similar!|
I returned via the mineral line across the set-aside but no sound from the Grasshopper Warblers today.
Anyway, what a good Sunday morning. We are only awaiting a Garden Warbler now and all the summer suspects will have been recorded.
This afternoon Sindy Weals was over with her son and saw a Cormorant on the Mere and Ray Fellows reported a Common Sandpiper on the Mere as well ( A good record for this point in the season and a bird that was particularly scarce last summer locally, although some of you may have been to see the overwintering bird that has been at Belvide for some time)?
Have a good week all - Chaz