Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Bluethroat, white knuckles

Got a call from Dan H about 2.10pm saying he'd just found a bluethroat by the deep cutting behind cadaver corner. Always a vigilant chap, he'd been patiently sat on the bank overlooking the Lune hoping for a passing osprey when the bird appeared, and promptly disappeared, by his side. I would describe the tone in his voice as incredulous.
Forty five long minutes later and the bluethroat was relocate and the thing stayed put, showing off to all and sundry for the remainder of the day.
I had a very long afternoon at work and a rather record-breaking white-knuckle cycle ride from Morecambe, finally seeing the gorgeous critter just before 6pm.
Thanks Dan, this is one of those once a decade birds! (I think this is only the 11th record of bluethroat, and only the 3rd white-spotted, for the county?) Thanks also to Stuart Piner for the cracking pics!
Returning home from seeing the white-spotted beauty I noticed a couple of sand martins, 1 swallow and little-ringed plover on Freeman's Pools.
Dan had also picked up during his lengthy vigil:
A jack snipe being bothered by the tide.
50 black-tailed godwits flew from the marsh, ending up in fields by Heaton.
Pink-footed geese- 54 north.
22 swallows and 8 sand martins through 1430-1645.
A male and a female wheatear along the tideline.
Two chiffchaffs and two willow warblers noted away from Freeman's Wood.
An influx of goldfinches to the area. A common buzzard and a sparrowhawk circling Arna Wood area.
OOA- five little egrets Colloway Marsh.

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