Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Not a rarity in sight

The Safari saw the see was rough this morning so that negated any chance of seeing any cetaceans today. We didn't get a chance to get out yesterday but was pleased to find that the shoal of bait fish was still offshore. We were right about the cetaceans, no chance what so ever - but there was a good number of Great Black Backed Gulls, hard to count as they swooped around chasing the many Cormorants to pirate fish from them. We reckoned about a dozen GBBGs and possibly more than 30 Cormorants. A bonus was a Shag with them.
The lunchtime session proved to be only slightly different - the Shag was nowhere to be seen.
Coming back in to the office we noticed there were no fatballs in the feeder so we topped up and waited for the House Sparrows to reappear - they must have been hungry because they arrived within a couple of minutes and we'd only backed away a few yards and were still right out in the open.
Bit of a melee to get the best spot on the feeder but we like the one sneaking in down the open top - cheeky and it;s fighting with the one just arriving




Stunning little birds when you look at them closely
 Bit of a lack of light, too much ISO and they don't exactly keep still for more than a millisecond.
Still no sign of that rare of rares; the Blue Tit.
Guruing the afternoon we were bombarded by reports of Waxwings - some only a couple of miles away but we had no chance of sneaking out for them - we wouldn't do that would we? Heaven forbid!
We left for Base Camp a bit too early as the Starlings hadn't really begun to gather, only about 500 at Central Pier and we didn't see any at all at North Pier! Hopefully we'll catch them bob on tomorrow...with a sunset we hope!
Where to next? More of the too dark in the evening for anything so only Patch 2.
In the meantime let us know if there's anything with a tufty head in your outback.

5 comments:

Warren Baker said...

'' Not a rarity in sight'' Those House Sparrows are a rarity here in my garden Davo, Marsh tits are more numerous, and there is only one of them!!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

I don't even get Marsh Tits here at Base Camp...gone through only 20g of sunny hearts in a month!

Cheers

D

Deano said...

Nowt gets a chance on the fatballs what with the Starlings here Dave.

Christian said...

My garden has gone deathly still. Hardly anything visiting at all. Not seen a bird in two hours while I've been sat here!? Strange.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Not even a Waxwing Christian?

Cheers

D