A big fall of birds on Saturday resulted in plenty of Goldcrests in the garden and a few Brambling, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps. I hoped for something good, but the only addition to the list was something that I somehow manager to miss last winter.
It seems a long time since the last addition to the list, but I got one eventually. Whooper Swans pass regularly at this time of year, over 300 so far this year by Whitburn Obs, so it was only a matter of time before I connected from home and a flock of 17 went past this morning.
A shot of the garden and the view showing the small gap through which I can see the sea. Also a picture of the mega that awaited me when I got home from work yesterday and was around again this morning.
If you look in the first picture in post 48 you can just make out a large nest in a tree above next doors conservatory. This appeared whilst I was on holiday and I had been wondering what was responsible. I got my answer today and it was a garden tick.
Was watching a Peregrine over the garden when 4 Geese flew over, having seen over 100 Canada's passing within 500 metres of the house this morning that is what I was expecting these to be, but not this time.
Getting close to 100 species, so was reviewing targets yesterday and realised I had missed Cormorant off the list and I see these most days. Still some relatively easy species to get, Long-tailed Tit stands out, as something I should get in the garden. A few easy ducks still needed, Red-breasted Merganser and Long-tailed Duck stand out as species I see regularly off the coast, but most seem to fly quite close in and perhaps too close to be seen from the house.