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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lesser Kestrel Twitch

Picture taken by C Orders. On Monday 29th March we arrived at Westleton Heath full of expectation. After standing in the Drizzle for 2 hours with a light mist descending our expectations were being severely challenged; the Lesser Kestrel had gone to ground. Although two of our team were quite prepared to'sit it out' our third member decided ( he was after all the driver) that it would be a good idea to travel about 20 miles north to see the Pallid Swift which had been reported some hours previously. On arrival at the Swift site we were infomed that it had not been seen for about an hour after flying purposely to the West---our expectations were now at an all-time low. Half the day gone and no ticks! A passing birder then informed us that the Lesser Kestrel had been relocated . Travelling south over familiar roads at speeds approaching a F1 Red Bull we revisted out previous Stake-out. And there it was--- the Mega rare Kestrel. Having got a tick at last we forgave the driver even though we dipped on the Pallid Swift. A supporting cast of 4 Dartford Warblers and a lone Swallow completed a memorable day. .

1 comment:

  1. I'm always impressed at the number of birders that turn up. In Western Australia you would be lucky to get half a dozen.