Saturday, 24 March 2012

10th March 2012 HAT TRICK DAY

(171) Reports of an adult Rose coloured Starling in Hants have prompted a retun visit to the county...we set off at silly o'clock in Hordle and after a short drive around we locate the tiny post office were the bird had been reported the previous day. Parked up we're now on foot and decide to split up and use the IPHONE to let each other know if we find it. After half an hour I come across it in a tree and set off the alarm...birders come running from all the side rodes to get good views as the bird decides to drop into a garden to feed. (Always feels a little wrong on these towny twitches) but good bird and good views...another lifer! We watch the bird a while longer and then head off for Pagham to give the Paddyfield Warbler another chance. There must be over a hundred birders lined up on the north wall and after three hours nobody has seen it. I see movement and set off the alarm but despite me getting two fleeting views we decide to leave but as I look back the heard of birders are on the move...we return at a pace to get good views of the warbler last! 4th lifer this year....we set off satisfied but having got drections from another birder we take a chance for Yellow Browed Warbler....We take the short journey to Worthing and find the Swan Pub..parked up in a supermarket car park we sit in the park next to the pub and think we can hear the warbler only to be told another birder had found it across the road...did we hear it? was it glass half full stuff?.....not sure but we raced across the road to get good views of the little fella......3 lifers for the day and five now for the year!
Very happy with our efforts we head home to post on Bubo. (173)


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