There's been a bit of an influx at Dru, 9 year ticks in two days, 8 of em today!
Went down last nite, got soaked, but there appeared to have been a mini-fall of wheatears, we counted a minimum of 15 in two small areas, mainly greenland leucorhoa race birds, sadly no pics...too wet. There were at least 12 blackwits on the budge fields and a first summer little gull on the pool. Perhaps the most amazing site was the number of sand martins over the pool, there were at least 250, some of them were perching on the remains of the islands vegetation.
Some of the 250+ sand martin on the island
Gleaming! crappy record shot of the iceland gull
It's been heavy showers all day, but couldn't resist calling in after work, at least 12 blackwits on the fields with two whimbrel and three yellow wagtails perched on the fence. A few wheatears were on the grass and still c200 sand martins over the pool.
Rainbow...Pot of gold? - my arse! goldfinch maybe...with linnets
Spot the ring? No neither did I
Spent Saturday ringing dipper pulli with John Richardson, Neil Anderson and Janet in Upper Coquetdale and the North Tyne, we did three broods of the ugly blighters, nice to get inland for a change.
A very small dipper
A big dipper
Dipper nest - nice job!
103 sedge warbler
105 house martin
107 iceland gull
108 yellow wagtail