Back at the patch a guided walk on the 11th produced my first TURTLE DOVE (86) year and later a brief HOBBY (87). Being away meant my next visit was on the 17th when 4 SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS (88) were found which is a promising number. Today I finally caught up with my first HOUSE MARTIN (89) on the patch this year, must be the latest 'first' ever of this bird!
There has been one other major event and that was the obviously the DUSKY THRUSH found by Steve Tomlinson, I was out at Dunge and got a text from Stephen but with an appointment booked for 10am there wasn't really enough time to get to Margate and make it back, after a couple of texts, my Wife took the first appointment and I just had to be back for 11am for the next one!! I got to Margate at 9am saw the bird and caught up with a few friendly faces only to set off again at 9.30am, in actual fact, I'm not as interested in twitching as I used to be, and these days find it much less pleasurable but I do love seeing new birds, so a quick visit when it wasn't over run with people was about right for me.
|Dusky Thrush record shot, a new bird for me :-)|