So after a strange drive, which somehow was in driving rain and bright sunshine at the same time for most of the way, was a massive rainbow at several points along the route ,I must have been driving at edge of the shower all the way, I arrived at approximately 6.30, parking at the Long Pits, I walked back up the road at a fast trot, for about 30 paces, at which point I slowed to a fast walk whilst gasping for breath, the single birder present allayed my fears with his "yes" reply to my anxious "is it still here?" enquiry, I set up the scope, by which time the other chap had relocated it and talked me on to the bird ,Lifer whoop!!
I spent the next hour and a half trying to get a decent picture of it!!
I completely failed, with the wind battering the lens ,the bird being miles away for the most part, the cluttered background and the choppy water making autofocus horrendous I only managed a few record shots ,see below!!
Despite the uncooperative star of the show, was a very enjoyable couple of hours, the bird performed well, continually dip feeding into the wind, looking like a Tern shaped Yoyo. Nice to have the scope out as well don't use it enough really but came into it's own today. There were Swifts everywhere, not good at estimating numbers but at least 50+. Lots of Common Terns, by the end picking the GBT out amongst them was quite easy. The Common Terns were much more friendly than the GBT crossing the Causeway and generally showing much better, so was able to get a few slightly better pictures.
The Swifts of course were much more difficult and only managed one picture worthy of posting
Other birds feeding on the insects that showed ok were a couple of Common Gulls and plenty of Black-headed Gulls, there were also a couple of Little Egrets about which did a couple of close flypasts
|Stilt At the Arrow|
|Juvenile Black Redstart|
I was flagging now and with the reserve closed and the wind really starting to get on my tits ,I decided to head for home excellent morning ,which took my British list to 366!!
Cakewise been quite a good week with a nice Bread n Butter pudding Midweek and some Shortcake yesterday, which was a bit under done but was very tasty!!
Breaking news on the Shed Situation (see previous blogs) A new Shed has been ordered ,with a delivery date of mid August , so I fully expect construction to start at some point Mid 2021, dependant on planning permission and whether I can be arsed ,although there is talk of bringing in outside labour in the form of Margie's son, so hopefully a completion date of early 2022 is a realistic target!!Although Margie "suggests" a target of getting it done by the end of the day it arrives is more desirable!!