Friday 12 October 2012

Belated Garden Tick and T5!

Friday 12th October 2012
The Richard's Pipit still remains faithful to the patch and with the weather good at times today, I managed to have a play with my DSLR and got a few record flight shots. Amazing what these cameras can do these days, as one shot even captures the second outer most tail feather (T5) - a crucial feature in separating Richard's and Blyth's, normally used when the bird is in the hand!
Also on the patch today was a fairly steady passage of Swallows heading west, a Redstart and good numbers of Meadow Pipit and Skylark. Yesterday evening I had a cracking immature Merlin along the coast path and tonight a huge flock of 400+ Linnet.

Belated news from 10th October - Garden list rises to 65 with 3 Siskin in the garden briefly! Cop that Beachy!

Budleigh Salterton

T5 just visible showing long white strip

Richard's Pipit

Richard's Pipit

Immature Merlin