Friday, 17 September 2010

Yet again the weather was fine and settled, if a little cool this morning, and it was frustrating to have to go to work!

Nothing much of note to see across Migrant Alley or the College Grounds as I walked into work this morning, although a MALLARD that flew over had me scanning it excitedly, any other duck species would be a good sighting on my patch :-).

On the way back home from work, I scanned the fence lines and posts and came up with just the one WHINCHAT, which I wont complain about. After lunch I was back out at Migrant Alley, and although I re-located the Whinchat, it got flushed up by some walkers and flew to the middle of the Sheep pasture, where it mixed with the MEADOW PIPITS. Moments later one of the farm workers drove round the fields, then drove all the way back again, then a dog walker came through!

All this disturbance was putting me out of my rhythm. I like to sit and watch, then stealthily move about, getting into the mood of the place, but today I just couldn't get into the swing of it :-( . A SPARROWHAWK that continually soared and hunted over the fields didn't help matters, and after an hour I gave up and headed off home to regroup, and dig out some enthusiasm.

A big mug of tea, and a sit in my garden watching the feeders, usually does the trick. I'll be out again early tomorrow morning :-)

In between sips of my tea I took these photo's of the Blue Tits.






10 comments:

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

"and a sit in my garden watching the feeders" - bit too chilly for that sort of m'larky up here today in a fresh northerly. Still itching to get a Whinchat before they all reach you!

Cheers

Davo

Derek Faulkner said...

Warren,

You could need gloves and a hat first thing tomorrow morning, its looking a tad chilly. Certainly was on the marsh first thing today.

ShySongbird said...

I'm sure your enthusiasm will be back to normal tomorrow, Warren. I think you will need to wrap up warm though, it is going to be a very chilly night here at least.

Lovely photos of the Blue Tits, I wish I could get as close to my feeders as you do to yours for photos :)

Pete Woodruff said...

All sounds a bit frustrating for you today with the disturbance Warren but you'll be there again tomorrow on full alert.

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
Sorry that you didn't have such a good day today, lets hope tomorrow is much better.
Have a good weekend Warren.

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
Sorry that you didn't have such a good day today, lets hope tomorrow is much better.
Have a good weekend Warren.

Ken Browne. said...

PS.
Sorry, don't know how my posting appeared twice.

Jann E. said...

Sounds good...I do love your blue tit birds, so pretty, and hot tea sounds nice too...I went out of town for a couple days, it was very warm and more like Aug. than Sept. when I left but today, day after I get back, it is overcast and cooler, looks more 'normal' unfortunately! Summer leaves with a bang? Probably!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful bird and photos. I would love to see it in my yard.

Dean said...

"A big mug of tea, and a sit in my garden"

That`s my kind of birding Warren. No milk & no sugar, mind ;-)