Welcome to my blog. If you live in Surrey and birding is your obsession (to get out of bed at some ridiculously early time of the morning, no matter what the weather, to go and look at birds isn't normal behaviour, believe me) and you're still a bit of a novice (like me) then, hopefully, this blog is for you.

Wednesday 21 April 2010


Having been spoilt for two weeks in a row with new sightings appearing in a flurry of activity, it was all bound to grind to a halt eventually. Today was one such day.

Monday was spent working in London, Tuesday was pretty reasonable at Holmethorpe with good sightings of Lesser and Common Whitethroats, two Common Sandpipers (might have been the same one on two different lakes) and a Sedge Warbler in the bushes near Spynes Mere, but today was a disaster.

For a start, I didn't get out of the house until about 4pm because of work and that was only to go to the laundrette. On the way back I went to the Watercolour Lagoons because Graham, Gordon and a number of other birders had seen a female Redstart sitting on a fence post. It apparently was showing well. It wasn't showing at all when I arrived. I met another birder called Jerry, who stayed on when I left and needless to say it reappeared within minutes of my leaving the scene.

I even went back later but it still wasn't showing. It was a day when Swifts made their first appearance of the year, the Arctic Terns at Staines Reservoir returned in abundance, and the other bird I've been trying to see for a few weeks now, the Wheatear, is popping up all over the place, apart from where I am.

Frustrating, but tomorrow is another day and I'll be up early again.

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