The scene that met us on arrival. The bird had gone to ground.
I'm not surprised as some people seemed to be getting a bit close.
Not difficult to guess which bush it was last seen in is it?
The bird relocated to the hedge in the right of this shot, most people kept a sensible distance and it showed intermittently. As you can see near the top of the hill, some people just have to get closer than everyone else. I wonder if they all have anything in common? Let's see shall we?....
Crop of the previous photo. Speaks for itself I'd say ;-)
Luckily I noticed a 'journo' striding over towards us, Bun and me made a hasty retreat (see our abandoned scopes) but (Devon birder) agreed to answer her questions. Perhaps he's never had dealings with the press before? Oh well, he'll learn!....
OMG!! More 'journos'...
He can't get enough of them! Oh well, he will learn! ;-)
See article here:
They've got the WRONG species of bird ( Yellow-throated Warbler) and (Devon birder) did you really say it would have got lost while migrating in the WINTER!!? Thought not! :-)
And now by popular demand....
I couldn't find my paints after the move so I had to have a stab at it on the computer.
It looked exactly like this..obviously!
Today is the first real chance I've had to spend a good few hours out on the patch. I have popped out now and again over the last couple of months and mostly dipped stuff. Especially the overwintering Woodlarks at 'site x', which I think I've dipped six times so far. Admittedly I haven't given it long enough or put in nearly enough effort, so this morning I did just that and after about 30 minutes searching found them. They are incredibly difficult to spot in the manured field, they blend in beautifully.
After getting cracking views of these little beauties I felt calm and relaxed enough to pop down the Post Office and merrily hand over £917 to pay for all our final utilities bills from our old house. It seems we hadn't paid for any electricity since last May! I mean if they don't send you a bill you don't really notice do you? After the reality of how much I'd just spent sank in had to have a lie down in a darkened room for a bit. That didn't really work though, what I needed was more patch scarcity therapy. Oh boy did I get some! My first stroll along the Coly for an absolute age and there it is, a Dipper, and not just a Dipper.... a singing Dipper! I even managed to point a camera at him before he noticed me. Once he had though, he did that typical Dipper thing of always staying about 100 meters in front me as I walked along.
One of my all time favourites...I could watch one for hours....given the chance!
I got up at 4am this morning to do a spot of stargazing. It's really awe inspiring to sit out under the stars in the wee small hours now that the street-lighting is turned off. Saturn is showing really well at the moment and I had a stab at digiscoping it but it isn't as easy as Jupiter being much smaller and fainter. It looks absolutely stunning through the scope though.
* The name (Devon birder) used as per the formula on (Devon birder's ) Blog Okay Tom? :-)