Friday, 18 November 2011

Double take

Prestwick Carr Thursday early afternoon, no Great Grey Shrike to be seen and generally in was quite quiet but as i approached  "that" hedgerow six of the beauties could be seen to be on the wing. Must have caught the end of the activity as they quickly settled down. Five birds in view by now, four on their favoured fence posts with another over to the left in a Hawthorn. Gradually they disappeared and all was quiet again. After that the high point was a passing Red Admiral. I had seen one on Saturday also when i ventured up the track to the sentry boxes. That day i did see the Great Grey Shrike, my first. A good week for me as i had my first Greater Yellowlegs, which i caught up with at East Chevington having seen my first Grey Phalarope earlier in the day on Wednesday at Hauxley. All in between sightings of a Water Rail, Kingfisher, Whoopers and a single White-fronted Goose.
I had already started this post before reading Peters update today, obviously confirming the owls schedules at Prestwick. Must add that i did see a Common Darter very briefly last Saturday at the Carr.
Did you spot the second owl in the image??


  1. Got the second owl right away John.

    Did you know that there are 8 European White-fronted Geese at the Rising Sun CP? They've been around two or three days and looked quite settled. Cheers.

  2. I was talking to a guy from Howdon (not the Blogger one),that i bumped into at Prestwick, who has been getting up to the Rising Sun and he saw them come in originally. Birdguides put up that there were 80 there yesterday, i think it was a mistake.
    Thanks for the info. Brian.

  3. You mean there is 2 of us in Howdon that look at birds, WOW, another intelligent being.

    Got the 2nd Owl also.


  4. Yes John, he is ex army also. R.A.