Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Pipit problems

A quiet day yesterday with plenty of walking, but nothing new to show for it.

Today started well with the male Black Redstart showing well on Porthcressa Beach. On to the Garrison where the Lower Broom was alive with birds. A large Goldcrest flock contained a Firecrest and 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. Over to Peninnis where a Quail was flushed from the bracken.

On the air field we quickly got close views of the Short-toed Lark. Watching this we picked up a medium sized pipit that looked structurally the same as the Blyth's on Peninnis. Other only obvious difference was a stronger submoustachial stripe. Unlike the Peninnis bird this one called every time it flew. With my cloth ears I heard a soft "trurp trurp,,,pchoo", completely different to the harsh "shreep" of a Richard's. It was seen and heard by 20+ birders who all agreed with Blyth's, but put out by RBA as a Richard's.

The Short-toed Lark was more straight forward. We also had 2 Short-eared Owl and 22 Skylark from here.

Short-toed Lark
Another look over to Peninnis where the Blyth's Pipit was showing in its usual fields.
A stroll through Lower Moors gave a Jack Snipe on Shooter's Pool.

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