Sunday, 30 October 2011

This weekend

Yesterday hardly any birding was had, except for looking in at The Whitburn cp after a certain trainee ringer let a few folk know about a Firecrest he had just rung and released. After a few abusive texts from the folk he let know I headed down there. Poor lad had been that excited beeing a first ringing wise for him. My luck was in as the bird was re-trapped in the short time period I was present so a couple of "birds in the hand" shots were had. As always a warm welcome at the ringing hut and plenty of banter.
Had a short walk with Jan on the outskirts of Shearwater later in the day and only picked up a pair of Blackcaps of note.

Myself and Jan dropped into Marine park after this....As I always say the place is a creche for Herring gulls. But this shot sorts of proves it! lol. The young gull wouldn't let any other bird near its dummy.

Another one from yesterday, lovely little bird. Only I think about the 5th Ive seen.

And today members of the Coastal Conservation Group helped out on a 7 mile walk organised by the National Trust. Unfortunately the wardens at Souter could'nt make the walk and our group was asked to step in and help out, which we did. So it was a ramblers "meets" wildlife watchers group today. This walk from a wildlife watchers front would have taken all day... but it was only advertised as a 3/4 hour walk and we had to press on. But everyone who attended seemed to really enjoy the walk and quite a few where really interested in the wildlife that was pointed out to them. Job done! and loved every minute of it!

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