Monday, 6 September 2010

A bad case of wind

Spotted Flycatcher, Bempton RSPB

Pied Flycatcher

Monday 6th Sept 2010

Drove up to Bempton, E.Yorks. today with Dennis Woodward on news that a Brown Flycatcher was still present near Buckton. We didnt see it. The sightings seemed a little vague but after a mist net was erected in the small patch of Gorse where the bird had been seen in the previous day there were no further sightings. Why it was necessary to put up the nets I havent a clue but the real villian of the day was the wind which moved round to the south with increasing strength. Although the dell with the Gorse was partially sheltered, most birds were staying low and under cover. Willow warblers, Garden warbler and Redstart showed occasionally but no sign of the Brown Flycatcher. We gave it a couple of hours. Back at the RSPB we checked the bushes round the car park. There was a Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Red breasted Flycatcher which gave the briefest of glimpses. Dennis was in need of sustenance, I needed a drink so we headed for the cafes in Flamborough. Both closed. What! No Flycatcher and no Breakfast, how bad could it get. Luckily for me I'd got emergency rations in the form of a Pork pie but Dennis had to settle for a chocolate bar from the Post office.
We checked out the gulley at South landing, the top part was well sheltered from the wind but there was very little activity.

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