Tuesday, 20 September 2011

What's the twitch?

One for the oldies, any ideas?

Ok, a few clues:

- I was only 9 years old at this twitch
- the bird in question didn't survive the night

Still no idea!

- it was the second species of "Coccyzus" of the day

By the way, you won't see me in the photo as I had pushed my way through the crowd to get some decent views of the bird, leaving my Dad at the back

Answers on a postcard to :The junction of Porthloo Lane and Telegraph Rd, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Looking back and looking forward to.... Autumn

I know Autumn and Spring are the key rarity finding seasons of the birding year, but Autumn really is the most exciting for me. Over recent years things have changed somewhat at home (and are set to change again very soon with our new arrival due in Nov ), so I know that I'm not going to be able to get to see everything. It's just that most days you get a MEGA alert come through on the pager, quite often more than one a day, and with the magical beeps comes the excitement of something amazing from the East or even better, something from the West, namely America. Although we tend to get more records of the commoner species like Swainsons and Grey Cheeked Thrushes, Blackpolls and Myrtle Warblers, there's always the chance of something really special, like another of these little beauties turning up...

Or it's about time I caught up with one of these and unblocked it from Dad so this would do for starters, preferrably on the east coast, on a weekday, no crowds and all that!!