Autumn Patching gets off to good start
Yesterday (22nd August) what seemed like a quiet morning soon turned
into a hoped for patch tick in the form of a rather splendid Pied Flycatcher.
A long overdue addition to the patch list and a fine specimen
frequenting the same area where I have had Redstart and Wryneck in the
past. Doug managed to twitch it just before it disappeared!
Today (23rd August) I slipped out to check the scrape and was pleased to
see a Greenshank feeding on there and a species I have never seen on the
scrape. I then had an urge to do my usual circuit around the "top
fields" though I normally don't do this until September when it really
feels like Autumn! However, it proved to be a good move as I flushed a
Wryneck from the edge of a potato field. It did its usual disappearing
act (Wrynecks are so slippery!), but I perservered and finally re-found
it after a 2hr slog around the area. Not a patch tick (I found one last
year on 4th Sept about 500M away!) but always a pleasure to see and find
on the patch. Also had a Whinchat and 2 Stonechat nearby.
Roll on the autumn proper!
Bloody hell!! I didn't even see a darn Mallard on my patch yesterday!ReplyDelete
Nice one, warming up for our visit next weekend. Hopefully, I will find that mega on your doorstep. BReplyDelete