Wise Birding Holidays

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