Saturday, 29 June 2013

Causeway Birding

Lade - 0600hrs - mild, dry, cloudy, sunny later, sw 2 - Plenty of moths in the trap this morning but little of any quality and nothing new for the year. Over the pits no real change apart from a Hobby that steamed purposely through and headed out across the desert.
Causeway Birding - On the way back from the allotment this afternoon the old banger popped a front spring and ground to a halt as a tyre burst in a haze of smoking rubber on the causeway road between ARC and New Diggings. Oh well, there could be worse places to break down, so whilst waiting for the AA to do the business it was out with the bins and an impromptu spot of birding.
Cuckoo, Chiffchaff, Cetti`s, Sedge and Reed Warbler were all heard, plus Hobby and unbelievably a stunning ringtail Hen Harrier heading towards the Oppen pits. Also, Med Gulls, Sandwich and Common Terns over. Thanks are due to Marshman for `rescuing` Mrs PT and Barney and to four other locals who pulled over to offer assistance and have a chat.
Burrowes -  1600hrs - Two Hobbies along the access road, plus Curlew and 2 Marsh Harriers over. Ringed Plovers and Blackwit from Dennis`s hide amid hundreds of eclipse wildfowl.
A Grey Partridge was reported on the road by ARC earlier (DF).

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