Friday, 28 October 2011

Saturday 22nd October 2011

We faced another dilema today with the arrival of a SCARLET TANAGER in Cornwall. On Friday, there had been very few sightings indeed, and for the first time this Autumn, we actually made a correct decision, and we decided not to go. We did leave Sunday free just in case, but in the end, there was no further sign of it in Cornwall, and, amazingly, another SCARLET TANAGER was found on the Isles of Scilly. In fact, as we wandered around the Staffordshire gravel pits that afternoon, there were an amazing four ticks for me on St Mary's (the WATERTHRUSH, WILSON'S SNIPE, OBP and the TANAGER!). Still it was great to be birding on my local patches!

We visited Croxall first, seeing not a lot but a Little Egret. Then it was onto Branston, where we saw a Little Egret plus a few Goldies

Then, we went to another area, where we saw enormous numbers of Coot (800+) and Wigeon (500).