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  1. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Didn't make it as far and Gavarnie but the local bird was calling at 5.40, dusk...
  2. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    So this is, now, quite late to my mind... I used to start prospecting mid December but when one of my girls had music near a pair down the mountain I took the opportunity to go and listen. The earliest I heard there was 8th December where previously was the 21st... Our 'local' bird was calling...
  3. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    9 holes of golf yesterday. Black Woodpecker calling in the woods, or laughing at my misdirected drive. Some Kites overhead and another raptor which had me suspicious of Booted - there have been one or two kicking around for winter the last couple of years... Crested Tit as well was nice and...
  4. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    I'll keep my eyes peeled! I've been sort of winging it, pardon the pun, with two attestations one for 'commercial' when I'm close to businesses who might want recycled plastic furniture and one under 'guide touristique' when I would argue I'm prospecting for birds (guide touristique being...
  5. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Getting close to the end of the year and managed a shopping day/drive through some mud day at Tarbes. 1000, at least, Lapwings at the airport provided some entertainment and I spent some time scanning them for something different. Used to be a regular site for Golden Plover but they seem super...
  6. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Don't know the answer. Today was probably the blackest I have seen, it was a way from evergreens. You sometimes see them on the walk to the Cirque Gavarnie and they tend to be in the Beech...
  7. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Chickens.... Don't count them... I saw that Quantas have already said that, at some point, only passengers who have been vaccinated will be allowed to travel on their planes. There will be a third spike in the new year and then maybe after the spring holidays! Keep safe and really hope that...
  8. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    0 and snow would be nice as we were supposed to be getting ready for the ski season - which has been delayed for obvious reasons and the lack of snow!
  9. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Another brief sortie up the mountain. Target was Gos and then Wallcreeper. I did mange to see a Sparrowhawk but I don't know why not a lot else. It was 6 degrees so a definite temperature chute. I scored a super super late Ring Ouzel the other (which Richard reminded me of in his post). No Eagle...
  10. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Ni goshawk but a regular for the regulars
  11. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Well things haven't been good! Locked up, little tie to get out and not much flying in the skies! Partially ended today, so I can travel up to 20kms for 3 hours exercise. This opens up most of my birdwatching sites or certainly the ones of interest. As it happens I managed to get out for a...
  12. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Trip done to Lisbon. It was ok just s little more uncomfortable in the car than I expected - the seat belt fastener was sticking into my back! 38 hours! Looks like the wind up on Tuesday so sea watching here we come... Had a Spot Fly, Iberian Chiffchaff and a Firecrest already. Some photos...
  13. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    And there he was calling 13h30 until at least 15h45 Enough time for a friend to arrive from Lourdes. We proceeded to scramble up through the bushes to get an uninterrupted view but it was tricky and steep. He flew when I guess we were within 50m, hadn't intended to get that close but couldn't...
  14. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    I started another post about my Hobby experience the other day. With a golf game lined up I thought some practice was prudent and went to hit a few balls at the range. I was hitting 100m gap wedges when a Hobby flew down and tried to take the ball mid flight. It failed but got pretty close...
  15. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Refound the Woodchat Shrike today... In the background a Black SHouldered Kite started mobbing a Buzzard. Another female Hen Harrier albeit a little distant and through the airport fence.
  16. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    weather curtailed weekend but did manage a trip to Puydarieaux where I spotted a very distant Spoonbill - my first for this area, although I have seen them near Biarritz. Also 1000's of Swallows and 3 great white egrets. I had gone in search of harriers but failed to connect. On the way back...
  17. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    And finally a stoat Taken on phone at about 1m!!!!!!!
  18. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    And more - just going to scratch my nose... Overhead 4 Lammies together. Can't recall 4 adults in sky at the same time. One was a Spanish bird - called Nieu 9 years old....
  19. rosbifs

    Another Great Day in the Pyrenees - 2020

    Check out me.... There were five of them!!!!
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