Sunday, 3 November 2013

Out of Lark

A trip back up to Long Nanny in a howling westerly. No luck with yesterday's reported Shore Lark, but a good selection of winter birds. First up was a Lapland Bunting flushed from the path and then a single Barnacle Goose battling west, just over my head. The flock of 50+ Twite were showing well with 8 Snow Bunting. 15 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing flew in off the sea, while 1 Jack Snipe and 10 Snipe were flushed from the marsh.

Snow Bunting
Next up was another try for the Bonaparte's Gull at Stag Rocks. Again no luck despite searching through several hundred Black-headed Gull. A Velvet Scoter and 12 Common Scoter were among the Eider, but little else on a very choppy sea.

Velvet Scoter
The rising tide gave a good opportunity to photograph the waders, which relieved the tedium of picking through the gulls.
Purple Sandpiper
Grey Plover

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