Not only Dave and his band of merry folks (note I did not say "men") out birding yesterday, Wednesday, as I have just received a trip report from John and Jenny Wainwright. I'm beginning to feel quite left out but, on the other hand, I got more clearng up completed today than I expected so, providing we get no rain, I think I shall take a drive over to Frampton Marshes near Boston come the morning. I need to keep practising with the right eye, even if I have to use scope and camera with the "wrong" eye. Must have everything ready for the Bonanza and Ayamonte trip in a week's time. In fact, play my cards right and I might even get over to my local patch, Rutland Water on Sunday morning.
Tejada trip: Wednesday 5th October
A very misty morning at the Tejadas, clear later.
|Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Still, on our way to our turn off point we did see good quantities of Jays, Woodpigeons and Common Magpies. Over the fields a flock of Calandra Larks rose up as we passed them and three Common Kestrels were noted on the power lines. A few Crested Larks were seen on the road and good numbers of Blackbirds were seen also.
As we descended towards Alcaucin a Sparrowhawk flew across our front and a Common Buzzard was spotted across the woodlands. Passing the bars on the Robedal corner we saw Mistle Thrushes and a few Collared Doves.
Turning onto the track leading up to the picnic sites we saw very little movement until we came close to the La Alcaúca picnic site, a dark-phased Red Squirrel was seen along with a family of Spotted Flycatchers. Also in this area we saw Firecrests, a single female Pied Flycatcher, Rock Buntings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard but not seen, more Jays were spotted as well as a Collared Dove, two Chaffinches and another Common Buzzard. While we were harvesting some walnuts and sweet chestnuts a pair of Crested Tits made a short but welcome appearance, as did a single Great Tit.
|Nuthatch Sitta europaea (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
The Crossbills were still very mobile and were for the whole of our stay. Also here we found Great Spotted Woodpeckers, more Crested Tits and Firecrests, Robins, Great Tits, Blackbirds, Rock Buntings. A male Sardinian Warbler, Blackcaps and a Nuthatch was seen seen preparing a nest site?
|The Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus gathering (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Thanks John and what a good day you seem to have had. Always better when you have guests and they, too, can share the excitement.
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