Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year's rain

At least it wasn't windy, but it rained all the time I was out on foot.

I went down to do the ponies at nine or so, hoping to nab the Pinkie, Fieldfare and Redwing which were present yesterday, job done.

Had home duties til eleven but then off on foot around the patch, in the rain. Star bird and unexpected was a Ruff at Loch of Bosquoy where I failed to find Jack Snipe or Goosander. Then searching around at home failed to find the recent Brambling, However Linnet was a useful bonus as they can be hard to find. A late afternoon outing to Howaback revealed a huge flock of at least 250 Twite across the loch from Howaback and a hunting Merlin. Total 38 species, Foot It total, 34 species.

Tomorrow it may be an attempt on Patch No 2 at Palace.

From Howaback

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