Mr Blue, and a Rouzel.
Spoonbill, IberianSo today woke me with a nice blue sky creeping in from the East and temperatures rumoured to be in the balmy 14c, hmmm heard that before I think. So, I leapt out of bed! who am I kidding, crawled out more like in a one eyed stupor, Coffee to blood levels realigned and off out. For a change it was up to Naird lane, the local spot for Wheatear, Yellow Wagtails and sometimes one or more Ring Ouzels on migration.
Today the field was empty, apart from a few Wood pigeons until a large Black bird popped up on the fence post and it had the white band, a nice male and in good light, then just behind it a nice male Common Redstart so a double whammy for the morning. A quick look at Priorslee balancing lake provided nothing and the same at the Flash, there is always the chance of little Gull with the large number moving at the moment.
The results were minimal so a few from Whixall moss flood by the canal, taken the other day. The first is the blue/grey hybrid yellow wagtail a product of the Channel area around France and England, wonder if they will change the Taxonomy for this group?
The second shot needs no introduction, the Spoonbill again at Whixall.
Finally a real crowd pleaser, reported around the 12th of April but possibly present since the 5th is the Iberian Chiffchaff, A goodly find as it is the first for the county so a well good find indeed. The call probably had a lot to do with the find it is most different from the standard Chiffy. The sun shone and the bird sang, just one thing, it stayed up in the top of the trees all morning, when I can figure how to upload the video I shall pop it in here.
So there you have it a brief, albeit good morning in the field.
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Keywords: Black, Flycatcher, Iberian, Spoonbill, White, channel, chiffchaff, granville, migration, sunshine, telford, wagtail, whixall
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