My day started with a rare bird for Fair Isle... a Tree Sparrow among the Twite.
That made my day and it was only 8:15 am.
A few years ago I would not of been able to tell the difference from a House Sparrow.
I was quite proud 2 years ago when I finally found one in my garden for the frist time.
One had not been seen for a few years at that point.
Little did I know that the day was about to get a whole lot better...
The Asst.Warden Will aka "The Ringer" spotted the bird and was waiting for people to gather to see or flush the Great Snipe as a Group. A small group gathered and Will could not wait no longer... there! out in the open! where I don't see it? until it takes flight. Then I clearly saw the white tail patches on each side. we watch the bird land in a ditch in the distance but saw where it landed. Soon more people gathered one of them saw a Quail in the same field on his way over. We walk around to try to flush the "Gripe" again but it was just sitting there in the ditch. It froze did not move for 5 minutes or more. Everyone saw it! and got photos and great views. But we all need to see the tell tailed signs of Great Snipe in flight. We all stood there about 20 feet away with our cameras ready and sent my son Henry to flush the bird so we could all watch it go. click click click... everyone happy? yup! Cheers Will well spotted!
|Quail in the grass seen through the wire fence.|
We joked that the grass hasn't grown long enough yet to make it impossible to see these birds...
|Quality Quail |
Wow! I can't beleave it! I've only seen them fly away never like this!
|Warblers of various sorts buzzing about the garden today|
|What the heck... Why not Wryneck|
Later in the day I found this... as I heard one had been ringed that morning.
You can't see it in these photos but this bird did have a ring on it.
Three notoriously difficult birds to see... made so easy today.
With this Collared Flycatcher 2 days ago that's a "lifer" every other day! can't wait for Wednesday?
Thank You Birds your a joy to have around.