Friday, 19 June 2015

Hudsonian Whimbrel Revisited plus a cracking Bonus !!!

Hudsonian Whimbrel at Church Norton.

Last Saturday the 13th June i went for a second look at the Hudsonian Whimbrel in the hope of getting some photo's , i  joined the already assembled birders looking for the target bird , however it was out of sight in the long grass , all i could see was it's striking head pattern , eventually it flew from the grass and the key feature of all dark rump was seen , it flew further out into the estuary so i decided to head to Posbrook in Titchfield for another look at the Greater Yellowlegs ,it's not often you get the chance to see two mega waders in the same day!!

Greater Yellowlegs .

I was soon on site and eventually reached the scrape at Posbrook , the Greater Yellowlegs was partially hidden by Black Tailed Godwits , (the above photo was from a previous visit) , however eventually they all flew up and landed again with the Greater Yellowlegs out in the open but mainly asleep , just lifting its head up every now and again.

Sleeping Greater Yellowlegs.

I watched this bird for quite awhile then i planned to head to Acres Down in the New Forest in the hope of seeing some raptors plus Wood Warblers etc , however as i was almost back at the car my phoned beeped with the news of a BLACK EARED WHEATEAR .

I than double checked the bird news services , thinking it must be  probably in Norfolk or Yorkshire  , However i could not believe my luck ,  WOW a BLACK EARED WHEATEAR at Acres Down in the New Forest , and i was only 30 mins away and going there anyway , so without haste i wase soon on the road and heading to Acres Down , on route to the Forest there had been no further sign since the first report come out , i reached the car park and a birder said , " Its not been seen for 40 mins" , great just what you want to hear when you turn up for a Mega !!!!

Black Eared Wheatear.

 It must still be here , it's got to be here , please let it be here , i took a slower walk checking the grass bank just in case , then i saw some birders who were clearly watching it !!!!

Taking off.

Needless to say i joined up with them and then had cracking views of this fantastic looking bird , this Black Eared Wheatear  was the Eastern race and in my opinion the better looking race . cracking white plumage contrasting with all black wings and throat patch , white boarded black tail , this was a new bird for my UK list.

On a fence post.

Black Eared Wheatear (Eastern race).

I really enjoyed watching this bird in such a great setting in the forest , i also saw 2 Goshawks and a Tree Pipit , i decided after well over an hour to look for some other birds and i ventured further into the forest seeing several Common Redstarts plus i saw a fantastic Wood Warbler plus a further two birds calling nearby .

Male Common Redstart.

I decided to have another look at the Black Eared Wheatear before ie headed off and once again great views of this top bird were seen.

That evening i went to Lavington Common for Nightjars & Woodcock and i was not disappointed , i saw 2 perched Nightjar's and heard several more plus i had at least 5 Woodcock  "Roding" , other birds seen were Dartford Warbler , Stonechat & Yellowhammer, a truly great days birding.


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