Sunday, 6 November 2011

Two Beige rarities in less than 24 hours

Just after dark last night I received messages that an Isabelline Wheatear had been found at Wernffrwd on Gower and so I prepared to leave in the morning.

Wernffrwd, Gower
This species was another that I had not seen in the UK but had met up with it in Europe and Asia.  The drive was less than an hour and the weather glorious.  A small group of birders were watching the bird on arrival so it was easy to get this one.  It did seem to be feeding around the droppings of horses and cattle which I presume were attracting lots of flies. 

Isabelline Wheatear feeding alongside horse droppings
A glorious bird again from the east which provided fantastic views for all. Also noted were a Brent Goose and a ring-tail Hen Harrier.

Isabelline Wheatear

On the way home around 1pm a dog Fox ran across the road in front of the car.

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