Thursday, 17 May 2012

like busses... another self found tick

Stunning (joke) pic of the Savi's (!!)
On 4th May two days prior to the Red Rumped Swallow find  I was conducting a waders and wildfowl survey at Strumpshaw, this involved a semi early visit to the fen. It was a fairly quiet day with not as much bird song from the reeds as expected in early May, although seemingly normal for this spring, still plenty of wildfowl to keep me occupied which was good. On exiting the Tower Hide I caught a very brief 1-2 second reeling from the fen, immediately I knew it was not a grasshopper Warbler but the song belonged to one of the top birds on my hit list- Savi's Warbler. I hung around for a further 20mins or so to see if it would call again but alas no joy, it didn't even perform at all that evening either. I was left being 99% sure that I had a new self found world tick but all too brief an identification! I would have to wait until the following Wednesday, 5 days later before I received a text saying it was singing from exactly the same position from TH, I dashed down to the hide and sure enough the deep buzz of a Savi's was gracing my ears at long last. In the following nights/weeks I have been back quite a few times and have been lucky enough to see the bird fairly well, all be it fairly distant.
What a cracking species though, all the better for the self find, its still present at the moment too 14 days later so it seems to find Strumpshaw to its liking!
That's two good self finds in three days, they say luck comes in threes so hopefully my Icterine Warbler will be a nice little self find at the end of the month, that is now my final 'easy' to get species!

Also managed a smart plumaged Pec Sand yesterday at Buckenham, another Mid-Yare tick.

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