Thursday, 3 January 2008

New Year, new start

Hey ho, another year begins... First off, if anyone reads this, Happy New Year to you - good luck, success and happiness be with you for the coming 360+ days - whatever it may be now.

I managed to load up a few photos from my recent ringing trip to Kenya at - make of them what you will! They're only small low-res images at the moment, as I haven't the time to sort out larger images. I might get some uploaded elsewhere sometime; watch this space, I suppose!

The old year ended with a bit of style - the last day of ringable weather produced a record garden catch of 53 birds, including the first Great Spotted Woodpecker (an adult female) I've ringed here.

The last two days were spent walking round a couple of local sites - Yarner Woods on the 30th and Bowling Green Marsh on the 31st. Yarner was its usual semi-productive self, with very little to show for a long walk until the very end, when a superb Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and a cracking male Dartford Warbler gave themselves up in short order. Bowling Green was reasonably good, with the long-staying Long-billed Dowitcher giving reasonable views, and a handful of colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits. The latter were a mix of new birds and old friends, including one bird ringed in Norfolk in 1996 which I've seen on the Exe most years since 2000!

The beginning of the year continued the good run - a half-day round the Exe producing some 94 species, highlights being Pomarine Skua, Surf and Velvet Scoter, adult Mediterranean Gull and a very smart Water Pipit on Exminster marshes. Not too shabby a way to start the year - particularly now the weather's gone cold and gunky!

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