Friday, 14 October 2016

Pied Wheatear

Checked all the cliffs and sheltered bits, mainly on the western side of the patch, day totals as follows - 7 Goldcrests, 2 Blackcap, 36 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 2 Waxwing (flushed out of a geo on the island!), 2 Woodcock, 9 Robin and a Common Redpoll. 5 Whooper Swans were still on the Loch and 101 Barnacle Geese went through. Once I'd done all this, I headed down to the last bit of shelter - a dry stone wall that runs along the other side of the field in front of my house. At the very last bit of wall, a Wheatear, and because it was so windy, it was nicely spreading it's tail for balance when feeding and perching on the fence - Pied Wheatear!!! After a few photographs, it was a quick dash up to the garden to get it on the house list. As birders started to arrive, an Olive-backed Pipit was found near Scord Beach - another welcome addition to the patch year-list.
Pied Wheatear
Twitch on !

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