The Safari has been a bit disappointed today after yesterday afternoon's excitement. But all is not despair and despondancy. Early doors a Heron (Garden #22) flew over calling 'Frannnnkkk' as we lay in bed waiting for the alarm to go off. Not a bad start to the day getting a garden tick without even getting out of bed - great these 'rules' aren't they.
We came down to earth with a bump when we arrived at work to see a deceased do killed Rabbit on the front lawn, we've moved it out of general sight under the hedge in the hope that a Fox will sniff it out and carry it off, remind us to let you know if it's still there on Monday.
Yesterday we had a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers sitting on the sea which is good 99 times out of 100, and we.ve not seen anywhere near 100 at Patch 2 in all our years watching, they are fly-bys.
Today all we could muster in pretty good flat calm conditions were a Great Crested Grebe and a closer than normal Red Throated Diver in the morning and a Grey Seal miles out at at lunchtime.
All day long we were seeing reports of Wheatears and local-ish Ospreys and dearly wanted to get out but couldn't. We got a report of two at the nature reserve and one lucky so-n-so witnessed a fall of 29 Wheatears right in front of his eyes a few miles up the coast. We kept an eye on the back field and an ear open for gull commotion but noting was forthcoming.
After work we needed to get fuel for tomorrow's safari so stopped off at Chat Alley on the way...sadly not a sniff of a Wheatear, bet it was crawling with them earlier in the day.
Sorry no pics today, camera hasn't come out of the bag.
Where to next? Our annual safari south of the South-side tomorrow with a particular target species and much mirth and merry making to be done - well you shouldn't take this birding m'larky too seriously should you! Although we won't be very merry if we don't find a Wheatear!!!
In the meantime let us know what's giving you the run around in your outback.