Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Footit season resumes! - 18th September 2013

Male Kingfisher in Bangor Harbour
Sandwich Tern on the old Dickies Boatyard
As I wasn't able to get my jobs done until half 11 today, I went down to Bangor Harbour/Town Beach to do a spot of foot it listing. I competed in the January challenge, but decided it made me a better birder as you look at literally everything. I therefore decided to carry it on throughout the year and hope to see as many species as possible.
I arrived at high tide, so the only gulls I could really grill were a flock of 100+ Black-headed Gulls on the old Dickies Boatyard. There were about 10 Herring Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns and a juvenile Lesser Black-back, but not much else.
Scanning Town Beach, I came across the roosting waders and even with the naked eye, I could spot the white plumage of a single Greenshank in amongst them, plus a Black-tailed Godwit.
Next I had 42 Greylags in 3 flocks fly SW over the town, and then scanning the Menai, picked up an Arctic Tern with 7  Common Tern which was a footit tick. (I didn't really do much coastal birding in the Spring due to fieldwork)
Walking back towards Bangor city, I heard a piping, which was shortly followed by a blue flash. A Kingfisher! It flew around the bay and landed on the railings by the old Dickies boatyard after being harassed by Carrion Crows. A bird that I've been looking for in the area all year, but has eluded my list until this morning
Not an amazing morning, but nice to see some good birds.

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