Tuesday 27 October 2015

Dripping with Crests!

I haven't been able to get out on the patch for the last couple of days due to various building work taking place and with the first proper rain in weeks, I was keen to get out! A call from Doug at lunchtime informed me of a Pallas's Warbler just a couple of miles along the coast on Matt's Patch, but I resisted and it made me all the more determined to find something of my own. I managed to get out for a couple of hours this afternoon. The West Cliffs seemed to be dripping with Goldcrests and it felt very "birdy" indeed. However, despite my best efforts, the best I could muster were two Firecrests (cracking nonetheless) but sadly nothing rarer. I finally gave in at around 15.45hrs and headed over to see the Pallas's Warbler, but dipped! Never mind, Tomorrow is another day!

Other birds at the weekend (24th/25th) on the patch included:

1 Short-eared Owl, 140+ Skylark, 80+ Linnet and a single Brambling

One of the Firecrests seen today - I have had up to three birds in recent days

Brambling seen at the weekend


  1. Hi Chris - Firecrest shot is bloody amazing! Love the Brambling shot too. Very envious of your camera and photography skills. Cheers,

  2. That fiercest photo is superb. Any chance it was with a bridge camera or was it a proper DSLR kit.

    I ask as I am considering upgrading my bridge camera.

  3. Thanks Matt - Just in the right place at the right time!

  4. Hi Andrew - Thanks for the kind comments. As you now know, the photo was taken with a DSLR 400mm prime lens.Really good to have met you today! Sorry you didn't see the bird. Maybe try the Otter tomorrow!

  5. Nice to finally meet you and it sounds like I should have stayed five or ten more minutes.