Sunday 18th January 2009
My old mate Sam came to stay for the weekend and it was really great to catch up with him after having not seen him for at least 18 months - That man has just done far too much travelling and seen too many great birds - Not jealous at all! We chatted all weekend about birding, guiding, twitching, the "downturn" oh and of course "The Troubles!" We even managed to slip out and do some birding - A visit to Ide resulted in us dipping Hawfinch, but a return visit to Clennon Valley Ponds produced good views of the Penduline Tit, despite it being very tricky to digiscope. Then a visit to Broadsands produced some good views of Cirl Buntings, a group of Eider, a Common Scoter and a Black-necked Grebe. Plus Fulmar, Gannet and 30+ Great Crested Grebes. Oh and we also managed a lovely bit of Steamed Jam Sponge and Custard! Lovely.