Made the long trip down to St Brides,Pembrokeshire today in the company of John Hague,Archie Archer &Tony Barter for the Western Orphean Warbler!! A fantastic day with the bird showing much better than expected!! & only a short wait before we could get a place in the garden!!!
Saturday 9 November 2013
With a good forecast for sunshine I headed back to Farmoor Reservoir,Oxon for the Grebes & was soon having superb views of both birds in nice light if not a little windy!! Also had rather nice views of a Juv Common Sandpiper which refused to come out of the shadows!!
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Decided on heading North to meet up with good mate Rich "Tricky" Dawkins today & have a day doing Snow Buntings on the Cleethorpes coast! We arrived in the carpark & within minutes Dean Eades & Nick Clayton had pulled up beside us! After having a bit of a laugh we got our gear ready & all headed out! Unfortunately the Buntings were rather skittish & after a cpl of hours we left Dean & Nick to it & headed over to the boating lake to have a play with the confiding Pochards! A good day for catching up if not the best for birding............
With a long weekend off work I'd decided just to hang loose & wait for any news! I had planned on going down to Farmoor Reservoir in Oxon after a msg about a showy Slav Grebe but was just to knackered after my night shift on the Thurs/Fri but late afternoon a txt from John Judge & then Archie alerting me to the news of a "Mega" midlands bird in the form of a Dusky Warbler had me making the short journey up to Marsh Lane! despite failing light managed some very nice views & vowed to go back in the morning with the camera!! Sat arrived & a txt from Arch telling me the bird was still on site had me heading over but with a large noisy crowd present decided to head south for Farmoor! Just over an hour later I was walking the perimeter of F2 & was soon watchin a showy Slav Grebe & managed a few OK shots before heading further around for the Red-necked Grebe which had turned up which showed well but distantly in rather dismal weather! A good few hours but not the best for photography.......