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Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Busy

Before you think I’ve gone all Sooty and Sweep here’s actually another blog about birds… I know, amazing! This time a celebration of all things Isabelline Wheatear from Seaton Snook near Hartlepool. Isabelline Wheatear is one of my bogey birds, a few years back I even dipped two in six days so this time I wasn’t going without news. Andrew Kinghorn kindly messaged me early morning with Colin Green, Steve James and Dave Gray also texting and The Rare Bird Network getting twitter messages out.

Bundling Minnie into the car I headed North. I arrived about 11.00 to smiling faces heading off the beach… on the beach however the news wasn’t so good. The bird had been pushed a lot and had flown off and not seen for 30 minutes. 30 minutes turned into an hour with no sign. I walked to the Snook and almost to The North Gare. No joy.

Seaton Sands

Seaton Sands

It looked like atmospheric landscapes and industry would be the only photos I took.

I decided to head back to the car, give Minnie some food and water and have a quick drink myself. On the way I bumped into Rob Lambert, newly arrived and looking chirpy. Rob’s demeanor changed as I told him the sorry tale. Undaunted he strode off purposefully to the beach.

Back at the car another birder was heading down the road and as I updated him he casually said there’s a Wheatear on that telegraph post (next to the bloody car). There weren’t any other Wheatears around, surely. I got my bins on it and asked him, why he hadn’t considered Izzy… this was it! As I set my scope up it flew the 100 or so yards back to the beach! Isabelline Wheatear! I rang Rob and left and answerphone message to then receive calls from Andrew Kinghorn and Rob to tell me what I already knew. It was back on the beach.

Once again there was a danger of birders chasing and harrying the bird so after we’d all had a good look and it had moved, I suggested to the crowd we all back off and allow it to return to it’s favoured tree stump where we could all get great views and photos. Despite one woman having to be coaxed off the log after stopping for a sit down the bird soon flew in.

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Even Minnie managed to get in on the act and made it to Twitter!

Minnie & Me

Minnie & Me

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Brotton Borough

News came through on Thursday, as I was ill in bed with the Jimmy Smitts, that an Eastern Crowned Warbler had been seen at Brotton in Cleveland (North Riding of Yorkshire). Arses! Literally…

Still not being 100% right I thought I had to risk it and thankfully Greeny was driving the next day so here goes… bung myself up and hope I don’t give the others a dose of the Brads.

Arriving early it was like a scene from Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ but in reverse as numbers started to build up and unnerve the locals.

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The Birders

The Birders

The Birders

The Birders

Soon enough though the bird was found and led by El Presidente chaos soon reigned as anxious birders crashed around the woods.

The Birders

The Birders

Finally and by staying reasonably patient I managed my first views of Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus and eventually got a few photos and i bit of video on the iPhone by iPhonescoping.

Here is a still from the video grabbed using the StillShot app.

Eastern Crowned Warbler

Eastern Crowned Warbler

Finally I managed a couple of record shots with the DSLR.

Eastern Crowned Warbler

Eastern Crowned Warbler

Eastern Crowned Warbler

Eastern Crowned Warbler

Fungi

Yesterday morning Leigh and I took Minnie up to Beacon Hill Country Park and to do a bit of mushroom hunting. My target was Fly Agaric but the first shroom we came across was this. I think it’s a False Death Cap Amanita citrina but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

False Death Cap (Amanita citrina)

False Death Cap (Amanita citrina)

Further up the path we found plenty of Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria most of which had been battered but this one was in one of the sheep paddocks  and the latter one was an older individual right by the path.

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria

 

Rutland Day

A post… with birds in!

Yesterday Leigh and I decided to head off to Rutland Water to have a look at the Red-necked Grebe that has been hanging about off the dam for a week or so. We’d taken Minnie Mü and had hoped for a pleasant stroll and a bit of birding, something I haven’t really done for months, although I guess in a way I’m always birding. As we approached it became clear that there was something else going on… Rutland Day. It was taking place at Syke’s Lane too. Oh well, £5 later we were parked in a field a long way from where I wanted to be.

First off we decided to travel light, camera only with the 200mm zoom, and head for Normanton Church. I’m no great fan of Rutland Water at the best of times but the amount of ignorant cyclists charging about made me want to knock one of them off. Anglian Water… how about some extra cycle lanes? We passed the Grebe by the valve tower and carried on. I had a sneaky plan to park closer later and digiscope.

Conkers

Conkers

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin’

Minnie Mü

Minnie Mü

Normanton Church

Normanton Church

On the way back we were treated to a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Douglas Dakota (we had seen a Spitfire and Hurricane earlier heading for Duxford before I had a chance to get the camera out).

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

Back at the Red-necked Grebe, I cut my losses and took a few appaling record shots as the sneaky way in from the South side has been blocked off!

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Back at Syke’s Lane we had a wander round the show and stopped by to watch the excellent Rock and Roll band The Houndogs on stage.

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Not wanting to picnic in a field we headed back to Oakham where I saw this fantastic old Pre-Worboys road sign.

Pre-Worboys Sign

Pre-Worboys Sign

Bad Moon Rising

Last night was the first chance I’d had to see the Supermoon since the End Of Days predicted by Nathan Rao in The Daily Express… a paper so mad it now inadvertently rivals the Daily Mash!

Supermoon

Supermoon

Loughborough Cruisers Classic Car Show

Some photos from back on June 15th at the classic car show.

Triumph TR6

Triumph TR6

Triumph Gentry

Triumph Gentry

Triumph Dolomite

Triumph Dolomite

Pontiac

Pontiac

Lambretta GT125

Lambretta GT125

Jaguar MkII

Jaguar MkII

Ford V8 Pilot

Ford V8 Pilot

Ford Consul & Jaguar MkII

Ford Consul & Jaguar MkII

Ford Capri

Ford Capri

The Blacksmith's Arms

The Blacksmith’s Arms

Bedford CA

Bedford CA

For music lovers… Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

Phoenix

After the disaster of last season football fans in Hinckley have a team to support again… Hinckley AFC. A good crowd of 215 saw an entertaining and hard fought game at Heather St John’s FC, where Hinckley AFC are groundsharing this season. Despite the loss and the fact they put out two distinct teams they held their own against a much bigger club. Good luck for the season!

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

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Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

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Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth