Life in a landlocked county

Birding a landlocked county can often be a depressing affair – rare birds are understandably much harder to find so when a storm with strong south-westerly winds hits the country it’s time to get out and tour the Charnwood Reservoirs with a sense of optimism.

Yesterday afternoon, encouraging messages were on the pager of seabirds being blown into the Severn Estuary. Sadly the overnight strong winds didn’t really blow in the Midlands. As a result this mornings tour of likely sites with Dave Gray produced bugger all… oh well, no doubt someone will put something rubbish in the book at Rutland Water – that wasn’t seen by any of the regulars – and the pagers will report it a few days later.

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4 responses to “Life in a landlocked county

  1. South-westerlies are rarely much good in Leics, unless they’re really strong, like the 1987 ‘hurricane’. By far the best wind for turning up seabirds here is a strong north-easterly, but that doesn’t happen very often. I also think it’s a bit late in the year for much to be out there – there wasn’t very much even in the Severn.

  2. thedrunkbirder

    The logbook at Rutland Water seems quite good for turning up rarities!

  3. I think also that it needs to blow for a few days like it did a couple of years ago when the Leach’s Petrels turned up in early December.
    I read somewhere that Petrels take three days of constant winds against them to knacker them out and then their start wrecking inland!

  4. maybe get something in the next day or so?

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