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Rufous Turtle dove

Posted by meg33 on April 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Well i finally Succumbed to the long staying Rufous Oriental Turtle Dove, id heard it was to be the last weekend for viewing, (as it was only viewed from Steves Kitchen Window). It wasn't a normal twitch, as it was in the comfort of steves kitchen...and thanks to steve.

Anyway, i Finished work on the Friday and headed to Derby-shire to stop at the folks, dipping Hawfinch at Sizergh on the Way. Next morning i was up n alert by 5am...Rach decided she wasn't coming and pretended to play dead..typical. So on i went on my own and by 7am i was outside steves door in a cue of 3...ooooo nice n quite...Then just by chance Roy From Cumbria turned up too what a small world, it was nice to chat with Roy. Steve opend his door at 7-30am and gave us the important spiel. Between 730 and 830 the bird should appear on cue.....errr nope not on this day...We were starting to panic it was now 9.05. Shit its not coming today BUT then Yes there it was sat in the a Tree, by now the kitchen was full and it was hard to move around. Eventually the bird showed really really nicely and what a stunner, much larger than i imagined probably same size if not bigger that a Collard dove. to accompany the dove were upto 12 Cracking Bramblings...by 10-30 we had our fill and the bird was drifting away to neighbours garden and there were only 3 of us left so steve decided it was his breakfast time.well deserved too. So it was time to head off. Pics Here

Not to waste the rest of This stunning day...don't get many ;-) I visited the cracking Reserve Brandon Marsh, if not full of people taking pics of Canada geese and the like...there had been a Spotted Crake around but i was unable to find it. A couple of Nice year ticks in the way of Little ringed plovers.

There wasn't much else bird wise, but a nice grass snake sunning itself on a log and a couple of Brimstone Butterflies... Nice day.

On the way home i nipped into Carsington Water to see if there were many migrants. Only migrant of note was a singing Redstart, a Ruddy duck was nice too. Time for Home...

 

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