Thursday, 21 May 2009

And Yet Another Grand Day Out


Good Evening, been a lovely day here today not hot but very pleasant. We had another of days out this week as my long suffering readers will know we love a good days bird watching especially if the there is a rare bird about and on Tuesday that was the case. With all the easterly winds we have had lately a few rarities have been blown in. Up here in Scotland we were fortunate enough to have our share. The one nearest us was a Collared Flycatcher. So back to the start of the day we left home about 9-45 am to go to a place where the fields are kept flooded by a very kind farmer so all the migrant bird can stop and have a rest, food and water. There was not any rare birds but there was a few Sky Larks singing in the Spring sunshine high in the sky. After a few more stops on the way we arrived where we had heard the rarity was. It was in a wooded area with a stream running through it.


The trees are very old and very tall too so it is a day for neck strain. There were a few other bird watchers there but the bird was not showing at all. We stood looking up into the woodland canopy for about 30 minutes but no luck. The woodland was alive with birdsong and it was delightful standing listening. I said to Stuart that I was going to walk up the path a bit to get higher up. Shortly after I got there I spotted the illusive bird. It was a brief view but the bird is quite unmistakable.

Collared Flycatcher below.

Collared Fly 3

(This is not not my picture as our bird was very shy and stayed up at the top of the Sycamore Trees so I had to get this image from the net)

I waved to the rest of the group and they all hurried up the path towards me but unfortunately the bird was not on view for them I had been so lucky. As we were standing waiting for him to put in another appearance I managed to slip and fall on my bottom in the mud and had to be helped up don't know why I keep doing this as this is the second time this year I have fallen but at least the mud was softer than the stairs were earlier in the year and I don't have a bruise this time. It did not spoil my joy though I was so pleased to have picked up the bird all by myself and not needed to have it pointed out to me. Later in the afternoon it was seen again and Stuart managed to see it then, a job too as there would have been no living with him if he had not seen it. To let you understand how rare this bird is he is the only one in Great Britain at the moment. Here are some more of the pictures I took on the day. Hope you enjoyed reading about our trip I don't usually write about our trips birding in this journal but it did give me a subject for an entry today,as you may know it can be hard to think up things to say when you are retired and there is not a lot going on. Till next time,

Love Joan.






Hollie said...

I'm sooo glad that you were able to get a glimpse of the bird. Sorry about the fall, but I'm so glad that you weren't hurt. Gorgeous photos! The red looking tree is amazing!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Sorry about the fall in the mud but so glad you weren't hurt. I looked but didn't see the name of the bird you found. It's odd it being on its own and lost track of his flock. The wind does do some strange things and they are like us blown off track sometimes.

It has been beautiful weather here and I will be watching the birds in the woods come tomorrow evening. So far all the ones we can identify are native to the area, We did see a few in the tree tops one day that were too far away to really see well but they had an unusual call that we'd never heard before. We only saw them the one day so maybe they were blown off track too.

Missie said...

I love that bird picture! I need to go out and try to get some good bird pictures.

Have a good evening.

Marie said...

That looks like a black capped chickadee! We have them in Canada. They are very similar to the tits over here. Especially in the way they fly! It looks a beautiful day out here today. I hope it lasts the weekend!

Angie said...

Hello Joan - do you mind if I make a tiny wee criticism? I found it difficult to read the pink text on the blue background! Mind you, my eyesight is the next best thing to rubbish

What a pretty bird! With this being such a small island sandwiched between big expanses of sea, I suppose it's easy for them to get blown off course.

love, Angie, xx

Julie said...

How lucky to get to see the bird and the pictures are lovely. I love the last shot with the spring running through it.

Ally Lifewithally said...

Joan I am so pleased you got to see the bird ~ Glad you didn't hurt yourself when you fell and glad it didn't spoil your day ~ Ally x

Jeanie said...

This was just my kind of entry Joan. Anything to do with nature and birds.
What a super photo of the rabbit!
I'm so glad you all saw the little bird eventually.
Hope your derierre is not to sore.Lol!
Jeanie xxx

Sybil said...

What glad you manage dto get a wee look at such a lovely wee bird...well worth a slide in the mud LOL
It is wonderful to read about your wee jaunts out. As you know I can't get around very well nowadays unless the place is "wheelchairable" so when you describe your walks etc I feel as if I am there as well. Thank You
Love Sybil x

Stuart said...


Cathy said...

What a beautiful narrative and even more so are these pictures. Watch yer step hun!

Jeannette said...

What a gorgeous looking little bird Joan! I'm glad you spotted him and Stuart got to see him too! The other photos are beautiful too, I love that big copper beech tree, one of my favourite trees! I hope you had some good weather this weekend, it's been beautiful down here! Jeannette xxxx

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